Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Assumption parish, Brooklyn Heights

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary church is at 55 Cranberry Street, just west of Cadman Plaza and the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. The mailing address is 64 Middagh Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, phone 718-625-1161. The parish website is linked here.
The parish school closed in 1962. Please see the parish website for an excellent history of the parish. When the parish was first established in 1842, the church was built at the corner of York and Jay Streets. Decades later, that site was seized by eminent domain for the construction of Manhattan Bridge.
Please click on the word "Comment" above to read an inquiry about the building.

1 comment:

  1. A truly beautiful church; I walked past today and looked in to see traditional architecture and frescoes, and was glad to see that it was lovingly taken care of; everything was in good repair despite its obvious age. I would have been glad to know which saints were depicted in the fresco medallions, and how they were chosen for inclusion.

    One question remains, though: the church seems to have been built in two parts. The street facade, in white brick (shown above) was built in 1908, but the main body of the church, in red brick, has a cornerstone that gives a date in the 1830s (I think 1831, with calendar date as well). That made me suspect that the white-brick part was built onto an older structure that predated the founding of the parish, but I couldn't find any mention of this in the parish history. Anyone know the story behind the two cornerstone dates?