Church of the Incarnation, Roman Catholic (Manhattan)

Church of the Incarnation, Roman Catholic (Manhattan)

Coordinates: 40°50′43″N 73°56′11″W / 40.845234°N 73.936465°W / 40.845234; -73.936465

The Church of the Incarnation (Roman Catholic)
General information
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Town or city Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Country United States of America
Construction started 1908 (for first church/school)
1928 (for present church)[1]
Completed 1910 (for first church/school)[2]
c.1913 (for rectory)[2]
Technical details
Structural system Masonry stone with limestone trim
Design and construction
Client Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Architect W. H. Jones (for 1928 church)[1]
Not to be confused with the Church of the Incarnation, Episcopal (Manhattan) on Madison Avenue and 30th Street

The Church of the Incarnation is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 1290 St. Nicholas Avenue (Juan Pablo Duarte Blvd.) at the corner of 175th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City, New York. The church is known as "the St. Patrick's Cathedral of Washington Heights"[1]



The parish “was founded in 1908 by the Rev. P. J. Mahoney, D.D.,” the parish’s first pastor, formed in response to “…the rapid growth of the city along the Hudson River above 145th Street….”[2]

“Mass was said in a store until the erection in 1910 of a two-story building, which serves as a school and church. Ground for a church adjoins the school building on the corner of 175th and St. Nicholas Avenue.”[2] In 1914, the Rev. Dr. Mahoney was still pastor and was assisted by the Rev. Francis A. Kiniry and Rev. Joseph V. Stanford, the three of whom occupied a recently completed “handsome three-story rectory.”[2]


The present Gothic Revival stone buttressed-church with apse was built 1928 to the designs of W. H. Jones with two small towers.[1]

Internally, the contemporary-with-the-building baldacchino is of white marble and lit by rich stained-glass windows.[1] "At the West End is a large and stunning rose window above the gallery. Twin organ facades with gold pipes face into the gallery from both sides, and additional organ facades are found in the North transept and in the apse."[1]

Incarnation Parish School

The school is located at 570 West 175th Street. In 1914, the school which had been built with the church and completed in 1910 (and presumably opened that year) was in the charge of two Sisters of Charity and two lay teachers, who oversaw 125 pupils.[2] It was formerly staffed by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.[3] Among the noteworthy graduates of this school was Theodore Cardinal E. McCarrick.[4]



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