St Gabriel Church, Internal image

St. Gabriel's Church was located at 308 E. 37th St. in Manhattan, NY.


It was founded in 1859 but construction was delayed by the Civil War until began in 1864. It was demolished 1939 as the neighborhood made way for the Queens Midtown Tunnel.


An external photo of the church can be found at the Digital Murray Hill site.


More information on its history can be found in The Catholic Church in the United States of America, published in 1914 and now available on Google Books.


This internal image is from that book, which is now out of copyright.


My grandfather John Tierney was baptized here in 1892, as were his older sisters Margaret and Annie, according to the church records. These records are now available at the Church of St. Stephen.

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  • LilyPondLane 4y

    This is the church whose steeple is seen in the famous print by artist Martin Lewis, "Glow of the City" (1929). I've looked a long time for the location of this church. The link for the Digital Murray Hill site lists the address as 310 E. 37th instead of 308 E. 37th. A minor point. Many, many thanks for this photo and the information and links.
  • johnjt44 4y

    I had never heard of that print - love it!

    The address is a little fluid as I believe there were eight lots in the original site purchase. Some sources reference the 308 address and others 310.

    BTW, I've got some more info on St Gabriel, another photo and links on my blog here:
  • LilyPondLane 4y

    Thanks for the information on your blog!!! It must be neat for you to know that the church that figured in your family's history was featured in Lewis' print. That neighborhood seemed to have so much character. What a shame that is it only with us in photos and artwork. Take care and if I find out anything more about the church or neighborhood, I'll share it with you!!
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