Monday, February 23, 2009

My World Tuesday





Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary – St. Stephen
(Roman Catholic)

Summit Street at Hicks Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231

Organ Specifications:
► III/31 Geo. Kilgen & Son, Op. 7560 (1952); alt.
• Geo. Kilgen & Son, Op. 4793 (1931) – burned with church in 1951
► III/37 Hilborne L. Roosevelt, Op. 17 (1875)

The Roman Catholic Church of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary – St. Stephen was formed in 1941 by the merger of two churches.

St. Stephen's Parish was established in 1866 to serve the Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn. For the first several years, masses took place in a modest church on Carroll Street. As the parish membership increased, plans were made by Father O'Reilly, the pastor, to build a larger church. The cornerstone for the present church was laid by Bishop Loughlin in July, 1873, and the new church was opened with "dignity and ceremonial pomp" on October 31, 1875. Patrick C. Keely, the Brooklyn architect who was noted for his many churches, designed the neo-Gothic church.
The Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, an Italian parish located at Degraw and Hicks, was established in 1885, and was condemned in 1941 by Robert Moses to make way for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Ironically, the same expressway runs in a trench alongside the present church.

My shots are of particular architectural details because the entire church is wrapped in scaffolding while it's being renovated. The photo just above was taken from the church website.

So that's My World for this Tuesday.

Thanks to the My World Team:

Klaus | Sandy | Ivar | Wren | Fishing Guy | Louise


Anonymous said...

I bet it's really pretty. Your shots are beautiful. Could you take a picture when the scaffolding are removed?

Guy D said...

I'm loving this architecture, great myworld post.

Have a great week!
Regina In Pictures

imac said...

Great shots and love the angles Mary. such a beautiful building.

Babooshka said...

It is such a wonderful looking buil ding even with the scaffolding.

starnitesky said...

Beautiful views of the church and the blue sky is a great background.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Beautiful shots!We don't have churches like that in Florida.Just ultra modern monstrosities.Not that there's anything wrong w/ that,but they just seem to be missing something.

Kathiesbirds said...

Love the detail and the history. And what blue skies you have there today!

Arija said...

Nice post, I'm glad the church is being preserved - yet again.

Grammy said...

I love all the detail in the church. Your photos are great! thanks.

bettyl said...

Terrific subject matter! I do like the angles. Thanks for sharing your world.

Carver said...

Beautiful photographs of the church steeple Mary.

Lew said...

Great shots of the church features! Didn't you want to climb the scaffold and get an even closer view?

Lilli & Nevada said...

It is very pretty would love to see the inside of the church

walk2write said...

There is a lot of history and quite a bit of conflict wrapped up in that building. Thanks for unraveling it for us, Mary. I love that last shot of the church reaching up (almost out of reach) into the sky.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What a wonderful looking church, with a gothic feel in places.

Tammie Lee said...

sure is a beauty against that blue sky. Beautiful images!

Carrizo said...


I liked very much this church, it is so nice. Also I like that You told the story of this church.