NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Bartholomew's Conservancy, organized in 2011 to raise funds to restore, preserve and maintain the exteriors and gardens of St. Bartholomew's Church and Community House in midtown Manhattan, announced today that the St. Bartholomew's site has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell noted that the designation of National Historic Landmark status recognizes a property of exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. "These landmarks reveal important pieces of our nation's diverse heritage through art, architecture and stories of community and identity," said Secretary Jewell. Built in 1918 and completed in 1930, St. Bartholomew's Church is a colorful Romanesque structure with Byzantine features and rich decoration located on Park Avenue between 50 th and 51 st Streets. The church is a pivotal example of the work of architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (1869-1924) and an outstanding example of early 20 th century ecclesiastical architecture. A defining feature is the extraordinary Romanesque triple portal designed by architect Stanford White. St. Bartholomew's Church and Community House has been a New York City Landmark since 1967 and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. Nevertheless, over the years the buildings have suffered from a lack of funds to maintain and preserve them.