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Facade of St. Ann’s Church

Over on 12th street, I often pass what seems to be the shallowest church ever. In reality, it is the preserved facade of an old church. The historic St. Ann’s Church was built in the 1840s, and had quite a history of worship- being home to Protestant, Catholic and Jewish congregations during its time.


In 2004 the Archdiocese of New York closed the church for good, and sold it to a private developer. This enraged the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, who sought to protect the building and rectory as landmarks. They lost, and NYU bought up the land soon after to build a 26 floor dorm. The rectory was demolished, but NYU left the façade of the church, including the Gothic tower, with the utilitarian looking dormitory located just behind.  You can walk around the entire façade, and glimpse the remaining stained glass windows from “inside” and out.

What: St. Ann’s Church Façade

Where: 120 East 12th Street

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  1. Love this act of preservation- keeping the facade which hides an ugly dorm- St. Ann’s Church http://t.co/Ns0KIGZu via @artnerdnewyork

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