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St. James' Episcopal Church
St. James' Episcopal Church
and Parish House
St. James' Church
St. James Episcopal Church, Bronx, NY.jpg
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40°51′50″N 73°54′0″W / 40.86389°N 73.90000°W / 40.86389; -73.90000
Location 2500 Jerome Ave., Fordham,
The Bronx, New York City
Country United States
Language(s) American English
Denomination Episcopal
Status Parish church
Founded 5 July 1853 (1853-07-05)
Founder(s) Joshua Weaver
Dedication James the Great
Consecrated November 1, 1865
Functional status Active
Architectural type Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking May 28, 1864
Construction cost $25,000
Materials Stone
Diocese New York
Province International Atlantic Province (Province 2)

St. James' Episcopal Church and Parish House is a historic Episcopal church at 2500 Jerome Avenue and 190th Street, in the Fordham neighborhood of The Bronx in New York City. It was founded July 5, 1853, becoming the first Episcopal parish in Fordham. The parish at first met at the Manor Reformed Church on Kingsbridge Road, then on June 11, 1854 acquired an old schoolhouse for use. On October 1, 1854, the Rev. Joshua Weaver became its first rector.


The church was designed in 1863 by architect Henry C. Dudley (1813-1894). Bishop Horatio Potter laid the cornerstone of the present building on May 28, 1864, and the church was consecrated by the same on All Saints' Day, November 1, 1865.

It is a "native stone" building with brownstone trim in the Gothic Revival style. It was completed at a cost of $25,000.

The stone parish house, located on Jerome Avenue, was built 1891-1892 to the designs by Henry Franklin Kilburn. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1980.

The parish also operated an apartment building on its property, built to relieve the housing shortage after World War I and as a business venture to raise revenue for expanding the church and parish house. It opened in 1924; however, the debt proved onerous with the coming of the Great Depression. The property was finally sold in 1924.

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