Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Church of Notre Dame was founded in 1910 as a mission chapel of the Church of St. Vincent de Paul on West 24th Street
by a French community of priests, the Fathers of Mercy, and included a replica of the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St.
Bernadette in France in 1858. In 1913, the current main church was designed around the existing grotto shrine by architects
Cross & Cross, who went on to design some of New York City’s most unique and iconic edifices, including the Tiffany & Co.
building on 57th Street and the General Electric building at Rockefeller Plaza. The interior of the church boasts several unique
features, including the main altar, which was sculpted in France especially for the church and displayed at a Beaux Arts Society
exhibition in Paris.
Ms. Valerie Coates is currently working on an archival project on the Church of Notre Dame and is the main organizer of Notre Dame's Open House Weekend event.
Ms. Coates holds a
Master of Arts in Medieval Studies from Columbia University. She is currently
a professional singer (mezzo-soprano)
and holds a
Bachelor of Degree in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music
and Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Meisha Hunter Burkett is currently a Senior Preservationist at Li/Saltzman Architects PC and worked as a Preservationist with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Committee for 9 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Arts and Architectural History from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick and did a fellowship in Historic Preservation at Columbia University.
For a list of all participating sites and photos go to nylandmarks.org.
Should you like to volunteer to welcome visitors to our beautiful church, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org