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Property Name St. Anselm's Roman Catholic Church and School
Reference Number 13001151
State New York
County Bronx
Town Bronx
Street Address 683 Tinton Ave.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 2/5/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture, Social History
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St. Anselm's Roman Catholic Church and School is significant as an excellent and largely intact local example of a relatively uncommon Byzantine style church building with an attached parochial school, meeting Criterion C. Like its inspiration, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, St. Anselm's church features multiple domes and a relatively austere brick exterior that conceals a highly ornamented interior with glittering mosaics and frescos. Founded in 1892 to serve the large German immigrant community, St. Anselm's has played a prominent role in the spiritual, social and educational lives of those in the surrounding neighborhood, meeting Criterion A for its role in the Bronx's social history. Located in the South Bronx's diverse Melrose neighborhood, as the original German congregation left the area in the mid-twentieth century, the church continued to serve the growing Hispanic and African-American community. Like many churches, St. Anselm's has played host to a variety of community, religious and social groups.


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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria