Holy Rosary Church in Spanish Harlem
During my recent wanderings of Spanish Harlem, I saw a sight that I knew was special. On 119th Street, just outside of the “Italian Harlem” area, was a nice looking church. I took just one picture. I figured it would just be another picture in my Spanish Harlem posting.
Wrong. It’s the Holy Rosary Church and I found it interesting enough to give it a solo post. It turns out that it wasn’t part of the Italian Harlem area at all, but was founded by German and Irish worshippers in 1884 and the present building was done in 1900.
I found a number of interesting things about the place. First, it is a wonderful and impressive structure. Second, according to the article I found on it, as late as 1975 it was doing Masses in English, Spanish, and Italian. (I just like that idea. Unfortunately, now it is just English and Spanish.) Third, the website of the Church is a dead link. C’mon guys, get with the program. [UPDATE 8/8/08: the website is active again.] And, fourth, the place was locked up as tight as can be on a Saturday afternoon. That’s sad.