The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

Church of the Ascension

Called “one of the oddest church buildings in New York” by historian Andrew Dolkart, the astonishing Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church is a massive pile of Romanesque, Classical and High Eclectic effects that maintains a fortress-like presence on its corner.  The interior is almost equally unusual; architect Thomas H. Poole designed the building in 1905-1906.

Poole is the architect behind some of the city’s most unique churches, including the jaw-droppingly bizarre St. Thomas the Apostle on West 118th Street, now partially modified as a concert venue and still well worth a look for its façade alone.

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