The Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

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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