Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

15 East 97th Street

ARCHITECT: John Bergesen

DATE: 1901-02

STYLE: Church

Church East Harlem Manhattan

The St. Nicholas congregation, which was established in 1894, met in a rented house at 323 Second Avenue until a permanent building could be erected. The purchase of the 75-by-100-foot lot, on which the present church buildings stand, was undertaken by Dean Alexander Hotovitsky on behalf of the congregation in September 1899. The lot was smaller than what had initially been sought, and it was not a corner site, but the high cost of real estate in New York limited the selection. The New York City congregation was unable to fully finance the building, so the Synod of Russia was given Imperial permission to collect money throughout the Russian Empire.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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