Church of the Holy Family, Turtle Bay, NYC

This church at 135 East 47th Street is the parish for the nearby United Nations. It was dedicated in 1965. According to the church website, on October 4, 1965 Pope Paul VI held an ecumenical meeting in the church, marking the first occasion of a reigning pope to visit a parish church in the Western Hemisphere.  The church was designed by architect George J. Sole, an architect of religious structures for which there seems to be very little documentation. He did design the Roman Catholic chapel as part of the Tri-Faith Chapel complex at JFK Airport in 1966, but they were subsequently demolished in 1988-89 for airport expansion.

detail of front entrance

side parish house

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