Church of the Transfiguration, New York City

The Church of the Transfiguration is a Roman Catholic parish located at 25 Mott Street on the northwest corner of Mosco Street (formerly Park Street) in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The parish is under the authority of the Archdiocese of New York and is staffed by the Maryknoll order.History and descriptionThe church was built in 1801 in the Georgian style of architecture for the Zion English Lutheran Church., a Lutheran congregation that subsequently converted en masse to the Protestant Episcopal Church. The church then became known as Zion Protestant Episcopal Church. It was rebuilt after a major fire in 1815 which gutted the church and 35 dwellings in the surrounding Five Points neighborhood. The church was rebuilt thanks to the effort of congregation member Peter Lorillard.The Episcopal congregation sold the building in 1853 to the Roman Catholic Church of the Immigrants parish, which had been founded in 1827 by the Rev. Felix Varela y Morales to minister to the poor Irish in the Five Points who were predominantly Roman Catholic. The parish later changed its name to the Church of the Transfiguration.
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  • An amazing little church, such beauty , a little oasis and so different to the surrounding neighbourhood and high rise being developed in the area. It’s obviously seen so many changes in its history s...  more »
  • The little church seems to appear magically at any moment, there amid those towering skyscrapers! I find it very beautiful and is cute to visit, in the midst of the noise of the city. She became famous for an anecdote that saw the protagonist of an actor complaining to the priest who denied him the funeral of his friend, telling him to turn to a small church around the corner. In fact this church is known as "The Little church around the corner". Council!
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  • Beautiful historic stone church located in Chinatown. My great- grandparents were married here in 1870 so it holds significance for me. The lovely wooden interior belies its origins as a Protestant church. Masses are offered in English, Spanish and Chinese.
  • Beautiful old church. Gorgeous ceiling with gold and cream detail. Originally Italian parish but now vibrant Chinese community runs it and is in heart if Chinatown. So glad it was not destroyed/sold/let run down. English mass said on Sunday well attended. I learned that Dorothy day worked in this neighborhood and helped the poor here. Great history. May this church survive and thrive for many more centuries to come!
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