Breaking New Ground


Abyssinian’s West 40th St. site was sold for approximately $200,000. Ground breaking for the new church was held on April 9. Construction of the Gothic- and Tudor-style church—which featured imported European stained glass windows and an Italian marble pulpit—and the adjacent community house* was completed in 14 months for a total cost of $334,888.86.

*This structure is the current church dining hall, administrative offices, rehearsal space, nursery and credit union.

Photo: Left to right: Abyssinian Community House, Church, and YWCA Building (red brick building) purchased by Abyssinian in 1960 for the Adam Clayton Powell Community Center