City Landmarks Fifth Avenue Headquarters Of NAACP And Washington Heights Church


Town has landmarked an Episcopal church in Washington Heights and the Fifth Avenue constructing that housed the NAACP’s early nationwide headquarters and a number of other different social justice organizations.

The Landmarks Preservation Fee voted unanimously in favor of the 2 designations on Tuesday, noting that these two buildings have been a part of the group’s dedication to variety and inclusion.

“As a part of our fairness framework launched earlier this 12 months, we’re prioritizing designations like 70 Fifth Avenue and Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz, to be sure that we’re telling the tales of all New Yorkers,” stated stated Landmarks Preservation Fee Chair Sarah Carroll in a press release. “70 Fifth Avenue acknowledges the essential contributions of the NAACP, in addition to many progressive organizations that superior social justice and fairness and Holyrood Episcopal Church acknowledges the historical past of New York Metropolis’s Latino group in Higher Manhattan.”

Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz at the corner of West 179th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, built in the Gothic Revival style.


Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz

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The Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz, hailed by the LPC as “some of the spectacular and delightful church buildings within the neighborhood” stands on the nook of West 179th Road and Fort Washington Avenue. It was constructed between 1911 and 1916 within the Gothic Revival type, and has grown to serve the Dominican and Puerto Rican populations of the neighborhood, together with housing the Dominican Girls’s Improvement Middle nonprofit.

“This constructing has been crucial to our group and has contributed a lot to our neighborhood each culturally and spiritually,” stated Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez in a press release. “The Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz landmark shouldn’t be solely vital due to the historical past of the constructing, however it additionally represents a spot that has at all times welcomed immigrants.”

Government Director of the Historic Districts Council Simeon Bankoff known as the church “superb.”

“It is very nice that areas of the town that haven’t been actually explored for landmark designation, are actually beginning to get somewhat extra consideration, although there’s nonetheless much more that must be paid. However this was one of many apparent buildings” to benefit landmark safety, Bankoff stated.

The 12-story Beaux-Arts building at 70 Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village where the NAACP had its early headquarters.


The 12-story Beaux-Arts constructing at 70 Fifth Avenue.


The 12-story Beaux Arts-style constructing often called the Instructional Constructing at 70 Fifth Avenue on the nook of West thirteenth Road was in-built 1912 and instantly famend as “a haven for radicals and liberals.”

The constructing housed the Nationwide Civil Liberties Bureau, a gaggle fashioned to help conscientious objectors in the course of the first World Conflict earlier than altering its title to the American Civil Liberties Union; the League for the Abolition of Capital Punishment; and the Citizen’s Nationwide Committee for Sacco-Vanzetti, named for the 2 Italian immigrants and anarchists who have been executed after a extremely politicized homicide trial.

It was exterior 70 Fifth Avenue that the NAACP first flew the now-iconic flag emblazoned with the phrases “A Man Was Lynched Yesterday” as a part of its marketing campaign to combat lynching.

Bankoff stated the constructing is emblematic of the spirit of activism that pervaded Greenwich Village on the time, calling it “the type of a crucible of civil rights and social activism, by offering printing locations, offering workplace house, offering headquarters for these actually essential establishments.”