St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, The Bronx


The Shrine Church of St. Ann is a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at Bainbridge Avenue, just north of Gun Hill Road, in the Bronx, New York City. The church and parish school are located in the same building, a common school-above-church design feature of several New York City parishes. It is a red brick multistory Collegiate Gothic structure with Decorated Gothic and Tudor Gothic design elements with terracotta trim over a raised fieldstone basement and entrance breakfront. The church is located at the building's piano nobile, above the raised basement and accessed by both a perron or external stairs through an ornate Tudor-arched entrance and a second flight within the building. The school is located on the floors above the church.
The parish was established in 1927. The original property purchased for the parish extended from East Gun Hill Road one block north. The decision was made by the founding pastor to make the school the first building to be constructed for the parish complex, with the worship area to be in the school gymnasium until a church could be constructed. This was not to be, however, as the Great Depression started just as that building was being completed. As a consequence, the pastor had to make the lower part of the school the permanent site of the parish church. Additionally, the adjacent lot had to be sold to cover the debts from the construction of the school and an adjoining convent. The convent had to be taken over by the clergy to serve as the parish rectory, and plans for any further building were scrapped.
In the 1950s, a new convent was built at the north end of the property to house the Dominican Sisters teaching in the school, who had been required to live in a neighboring parish where they also taught. These Sisters withdrew from serving in the parish in the 1980s. Later the building became occupied by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who initially used it as their novitiate. It is currently occupied by their coworkers, the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, who run a soup kitchen for the parish.

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3519 Bainbridge Avenue,
New York, NY 10467