Wednesday, May 13, 2009

☞ WALK: St. Mary's Parsonage

The landmarked St. Mary's Episcopal Church also has a landmarked Victorian cottage next door. When walking by West 126th Street, one cannot help but notice the clapboard-clad house on the St. Mary's estate. In fact, this parsonage was built in 1853 and still retains the village-like quality of the original church structure even though the church itself was updated to brick in 1908. Mayor Daniel F. Tiemann and Alexander Hamilton's widow and children were the famous patrons of the church, and one can get a fleeting glimpse of mid 19th and early 20th century Manhattanville when visiting the former Lawrence Street. Take the 1 train to 125th Street and walk one block north and one block east. To read more on how Harlem resident Mayor Daniel F. Tiemann saved City Hall, see previous post: LINK. Archival photo courtesy NYPL

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