Holy Cross Church (Bronx, New York)

The Church of Holy Cross
General information
Town or city Bronx, New York City
Country United States of America
Design and construction
Client Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Architect Brother Cajetan Baumann, O.F.M.[1]

The Church of Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 600 Soundview Avenue, Bronx, New York City. The church address is 600 Soundview Ave., Bronx, NY, 10473. The rectory address is the same.



The church is located on the east side of Soundview Avenue at the intersection is Taylor Avenue. The church was designed by Brother Cajetan Baumann, O.F.M.[1] The design is a typical "high-concept" Modernist concrete and stained-glass shell, reminiscent of Hugh Stubbins Jr.'s 1957 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the former Kongresshalle (nicknamed the "Pregnant Oyster") in Berlin. The school is a typical mid-20th-century Modernist three-storey concrete and glazed block.

Parish history

The parish was established in 1921.[1] The Franciscan Friars staffed the parish and ran the church for most of its history for more than eighty years but were replaced in the late 2000s by archdiocesan clergy.[1]

Holy Cross Elementary School

The school address is 1846 Randall Avenue, Bronx, New York 10473. The school was established in 1923.[2] The school has around 419 students in grades from prekindergarten to 8th grade.[3] According to the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, "Holy Cross demonstrated that it is effectively advancing the quality of educational experiences it offers to its students, meets its responsibilities to the public and the profession of education, and complies with the standards of accreditation that are established by the Commission on Elementary Schools."[2]

Notable alumni

The musician Leon Heyward attended Holy Cross Elementary. As "MC Sundance," he was "a member of the 'Jazzy Five,' one of the first rap groups to form in the South Bronx in the 1970s."[4]

External sites


  1. ^ a b c d See Thomas J. Shelley, The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History, (New York: Archdiocese of New York, 2007), p.484-485; Holy Cross, Soundview Avenue (Accessed 7 February 2011)
  2. ^ a b Parish School Official Website
  3. ^ Private School Review (Accessed 7 February 2011)
  4. ^ LISA W. FODERARO, 9/11’s Litany of Loss, Joined by Another Name, The New York Times, September 11, 2009.

Coordinates: 40°49′4″N 73°51′42.4″W / 40.81778°N 73.861778°W / 40.81778; -73.861778

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