Landmark Hungarian Church
February 28, 2019
The Upper East Side is about to receive a new historic landmark. The First Hungarian Reformed Church of New York, well over 100 years old, has been added to the new York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s calendar. With NY’s ample public transportation, this gorgeous building is just a short trip away from any of the apartments for rent in Manhattan.
Located at 344 East 69th Street, the First Hungarian Reformed Church of New York was founded in 1895. During its time, it was uprooted and moved to its new location in 1916. The design was created by renowned architect Emery Roth, a Hungarian who created buildings all over the Upper East and West Sides.
Roth’s work on the church is a combination of traditional Hungarian architecture and Vienna Secessionist motifs. It incorporates stucco, brick, tile, and stone in its construction. The design represents Yorkville’s rich history of immigration and Hungarian ancestry, remaining largely intact today.
The 80-foot tower stills rises high above the bustling streets, making it a prominent feature within the community. A block filled with 19th century row houses accompanies this site, helping the church to stand out even further.
While the building might be old, it still functions to this day. The Hungarian-American population within the area continue to congregate under its roof.
Becoming a Landmark
The church had already been listed in the National Register of Historic Places back in 2000, putting on the radar of New York City officials. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approached Lehel Frank Deak and other ministers to inform the church of their intentions.
Ministers were taken back by the decision, but hopeful that landmark status will bring new visitors and tourists to the location. The LPC’s first step is calendaring, slotting in time to give the building its new status. Then, a public hearing is held on the designation, which is followed by a public meeting where research and testimony to the building’s history is given by the owner as well as stakeholders.
The commission will consider what these individuals have to say, then make a final decision. Most buildings placed on the calendar get approved, however, thanks to preliminary vetting. Before any property is recommended to the commission, the LPC’s research team looks into its historical, architectural, and cultural significance.
Churches are often added as historic landmarks in New York. The LPC has designated more than 500 religious structures over the years, with most residing in historic districts. These comprise some of the oldest remaining buildings on the island of Manhattan. Housing is often updated, businesses revamped, and construction is always under way. However, the churches on this island have stood strong throughout the centuries.
Historic New York
The National Register of Historic Places in Manhattan is an extensive list. So much so that it is broken down into five main categories: Below 14th Street, From 14th to 59th Streets, From 59th to 110th Streets, Above 110th Street, and on the Adjacent Islands. Together, these areas hold 559 unique buildings in their lists.
The register contains favorite known around the world like the Empire State Building as well as top sights ranging from Trinity Church to Grand Central Terminal. There are also a number of lesser known locations, at least to those outside of area. The 69th Regiment Armory, Alice Austen House, and Green-Wood Cemetery are excellent examples.
It’s exciting news to have another building so deserving of this title added to the list. The First Hungarian Reformed Church of New York has a longstanding cultural history rooted deep within Manhattan’s rich tapestry of immigrants from the world over. Its architectural components harken to an earlier time in NYC’s existence, proudly on display just as they were over 100 years ago.
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