St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church, one of the most unusual and distinctive ecclesiastical buildings in New York City, was built between 1907 and 1910, and is one of the earliest churches in the northeastern United States to incorporate the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture, which is fairly uncommon in the region. Constructed of yellow brick and white terra-cotta, the church towers above the low-rise residences of the surrounding area.
The church was designed by Helmle & Huberty, a leading Brooklyn architectural firm. The style, based in the architecture of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, often combines large unornamented wall areas with sections that are embellished with highly ornate and complex classically inspired forms.
*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation Report
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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