Our Lady of Victory Church (Bronx, New York)

Coordinates: 40°51′39.6″N 73°53′36″W / 40.861°N 73.89333°W / 40.861; -73.89333

The Church of Our Lady of Victory
General information
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Town or city Tremont, Bronx, New York City
Country United States of America
Design and construction
Client Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Architect John Vredenburgh Van Pelt[1]

The Church of Our Lady of Victory is a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at Webster Avenue, Tremont, Bronx, New York City. The parish was established in 1909.[2][3]



The church complex consists of a church-and-school and separate rectory. The address is 1512 Webster Avenue, at East 171 Street, a block south of Claremont Parkway.[2] The present dark brown brick Lombardo Romanesque-style church building appears to be early to mid 20th century and to have been constructed with a parish school above, however the parish does not currently have a parish school but offers a vigorous CCD program.[2] The architect was John Vredenburgh Van Pelt,[1] who designed the similarly styled Guardian Angel Church (Manhattan) in 1930.


The Rev. John F. Quinn was rector at this church until he was transferred to Holy Name of Mary (Montgommery, New York) in 1919 and replaced by the Rev. Thomas B. Brown.[4]


The church's "Victory" dedication is not clear, it is believed to celebrate the Battle of Lepanto (1571).[2] There are at least three Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic churches in New York City. Brooklyn's appears to be the oldest, with the present church building, located at Throop Avenue and McDonough Street, Brooklyn, built 1891-1895 to the designs by Thomas E. Houghton.[5] Manhattan's is the most recent, being founded during World War II in 1944 by by Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York and Apostolic Vicar for the U.S. Armed Forces; the present church was built 1944-1946 to the designs by the prominent New York City architectural firm of Eggers & Higgins[6]


  1. ^ a b Shelley, Thomas J. (2007). The Archdiocese of New York: The Bicentennial History. New York City: Editions De Signe / Archdiocese of New York. pp. 535. 
  2. ^ a b c d See Thomas J. Shelley, The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History, (New York: Archdiocese of New York, 2007), p.474; Our Lady of Victory, Webster Avenue, Tremont (Accessed 7 February 2011)
  3. ^ Remigius Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3: The Province of Baltimore and the Province of New York, Section 1: Comprising the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, Buffalo and Ogdensburg Together with some Supplementary Articles on Religious Communities of Women.. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p.391.
  4. ^ CLERICAL CHANGES IN ARCHDIOCESE; New Assignments of Pastors and Assistants Announced by Chancery Office. TWENTY-NINE NEW PRIESTS Many Army and Navy Chaplains Have Now Returned to Diocesan Work. Assistants Promoted to Pastorates. Interchange of Pastors. Army and Navy Chaplains. Interchange of Assistants. Assignments of Newly Ordained Priests., The New York Times, October 6, 1919.
  5. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0812931076. 
  6. ^ Our History, Church Website (Accessed 24 Jan 2011)

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