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Church of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer

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Country  United States
Founded  1909
Capacity  750
Demolished  1975
Denomination  Roman Catholic
Founder(s)  The Rev. J. Letanche
Year built  1910
Location  406-412 West 40th Street, New York, New York
Dedication  St. Clement Mary Hofbauer
Architectural style  Gothic Revival architecture

The Church of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer was a parish church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York which was located in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1909, the parish was closed in the late 1960s. The church was demolished shortly after that.


In 1909, in an effort to meet the spiritual needs of the newly arrived Polish inhabitants of western Manhattan, Cardinal John Farley, the Archbishop of New York, authorized the founding of a new parish to serve them. He authorized the Rev. J. Letanche, a native of Austrian Poland, to undertake this challenge.

The decision was made to place the new parish under the spiritual patronage of a newly canonized saint with strong ties to Poland, Clement Mary Hofbauer, C.Ss.R., who had just been canonized earlier that same year.

The first Mass was held in a candy store on November 14, 1909. Subsequent services were held in a rented Lutheran church, until Letrenche was able to purchase four adjacent lots on West 40th Street, at the corner of 10th Avenue. Ground was broken and a four-story parish building was constructed, designed by Fred Schwartz, an architect based in Paterson, New Jersey.

The church, which could seat 750, was located on the first floor of the building, over which was the parish school, which was staffed by the Sisters of the Resurrection, a religious congregation which was founded to serve the Polish people, whose convent was over the school. In its early years, the congregation numbered about 3,000 people.

With the gradual development of the neighborhood to a more affluent population in the mid-20th century, the congregation dwindled to the point where the parish was closed by the archdiocese by 1970. The church was demolished a few years later.


Church of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Wikipedia

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