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Church of the Most Precious Blood


Why is this building significant?

This church, constructed during the Great Depression, broke new stylistic ground for an ecclesiastical building in the City and synthesized sources as disparate as Celtic architecture, turn-of-the-century Viennese architecture, and Art Deco. Its bold massing is articulated with battered walls. An octagonal bell tower rises from a rectilinear base and terminates in an aluminum top incorporating stylized representations of peacocks, symbols of eternity. Inside, majolica panels portray the Stations of the Cross.


What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?

We provided a $40,000 grant towards restoration of the church’s tower and masonry, as well as the replacement of its roof. We successfully advocated for restoring, rather than replacing, the Art Deco aluminum tower parapet with its distinctive peacock motif.





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