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Epiphany Roman Catholic Church/originally A New England Congregational Church


James Rodwell 


96 S. 9th St. bet. Bedford and Berry Aves. S side.











A Lombardian Romanesque brick church with arched corbel tables, a sturdy tower, and flaking paint.
Today the church is celebrating its 100th year anniversary at 96 South 9th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The church was opened for service in January 1905. The building was designed and built by James Rodwell who often worked with Patrick C. Keely. James Rodwell later became a Fire Commissioner. The Church building and the Chapel, located on South 10th, was built in 1874 for the Universalist Church, All Souls. It was then purchased by the Reverend John L. Belford for a new Roman Catholic Church: The Church of the Epiphany.
This information was obtained, in the form of several letters, in January 30, 1980, from the Universalist Church's archivist, then James Wilson Parker. The Universalist Church was in 1980, located on Ditmas and Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11226. 
I have attached a photo of the Building as it was in the 1980's. The current pastor is interested in renovating the interior to its original detail in the near future. The front of building is a present project that soon will be addressed. 

For you records the following are the companies involved in the building/creating of the building at 96 South 9th:
Designer and Builder: James Rodwell
Excavated the ground: M. Farrell
Carpentry: W.H. Gaylor
Plumbing: GW Coger
Iron Fixtures: The Healy Ironworks
Slate Roof: Maginus & McNally
Stone Work: Gill & Baird
Organ: Estey Organ Company (no longer on site)

Special thanks to Arlinda Padovani


  with thanks to "The AIA Guide to New York",