St. James' Episcopal Church and Parish House
NYC Landmark #LP-1081
|Location||2500 Jerome Ave., New York, New York|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Built||1863 (for church)|
1891-1892 (for parish house)
|Architect||Henry C. Dudley (for 1863 church) |
Henry Franklin Kilburn (for 1891-1892 parish house)
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP reference #||82003347|
|Added to NRHP||September 30, 1982|
|Designated NYCL||November 25, 1980|
It was founded July 5, 1853, becoming the first Episcopal parish in Fordham. The parish at first met at the Manor Reformed Church on Kingsbridge Road, then on June 11, 1854 acquired an old schoolhouse for use. On October 1, 1854, the Rev. Joshua Weaver became its first rector.
The church was designed in 1863 by architect Henry C. Dudley (1813-1894). Bishop Horatio Potter laid the cornerstone of the present building on May 28, 1864, and the church was consecrated by the same on All Saints' Day, November 1, 1865.
The stone parish house, located on Jerome Avenue, was built 1891-1892 to the designs by Henry Franklin Kilburn. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1980.
The parish also operated an apartment building on its property, built to relieve the housing shortage after World War I and as a business venture to raise revenue for expanding the church and parish house. It opened in 1924; however, the debt proved onerous with the coming of the Great Depression. The property was finally sold in 1924. The current website is:http://www.stjamesfordham.org/
- List of New York City Designated Landmarks in The Bronx
- National Register of Historic Places in Bronx County, New York
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- Andrew Scott Dolkart and Anne B. Covell (August 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: St. James' Episcopal Church and Parish House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-01-12. See also: "Accompanying five photos".
- New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. "Designation List 425"
- Saint James' Church, Fordham (1953), Saint James Fordham's First 100 Years, pp. 2–15