St. Ann Roman Catholic Church of Harlem - New York City
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Church of St. Ann
(Roman Catholic)

312 East 110th Street
New York, N.Y. 10029

The Roman Catholic parish of St. Ann, created in 1911 to serve the growing number of Italians in East Harlem, was separated from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, founded in 1889, on East 115th Street. In 1880, New York City had about 12,000 Italians; in 1900 there were 225,000, and by 1910 the number had grown to about 550,000. Both Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Ann's were staffed by the Pallottines (the Pious Society of Missionaries and today known as the Society of the Catholic Apostolate), at the request of the Archdiocese. The former St. Ann's Church on East 112th Street, which was only a chapel, was succeeded by a new church on East 110th Street, between First and Second Avenues. It was during the pastorate of Father Cardi, P.S.M., that the cornerstone was laid for the new church. Designed by Nicholas Serracino in 1911, the red brick structure has white trimmings and cost $50,000. In 1913, St. Ann's had 10,000 members, 1005 baptisms, 296 confirmations, and 115 marriages. Over the years, the Italians moved away and the area became home to Spanish-speaking residents, hence the name "Spanish Harlem." At some point, St. Ann's became staffed by the Don Orione Fathers.

In November 2014, the Archdiocese of New York announced that in or around August 2015 St. Ann's Church will merge with St. Lucy's Church, located nearby at 344 East 104th Street. St. Ann's building will be closed.
Estey Organ Company
Brattleboro, Vt. – Opus 1731 (1919)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 8 stops, 8 ranks

The organ in St. Ann's Church was built by the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vt. A typed specification in the Estey files show that this organ was a Style AA3-4-1 and had an Installation Date of July 15, 1919. The wind pressure was 4 inches, and at the bottom of the page was "Voicing: For Catholic Church." At the top of the page is a pencilled note: "14 - 20 lbs springs".
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
  Open Diapason


Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
  Oboe [TC]
  Stopped Diapason
  Flute Harmonic


Pedal Organ – 30 notes
    Great to Pedal       Great to Great 4, Unison Separation
    Swell to Pedal       Swell to Swell 16, 4, Unison Sep.
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'          
Pedal Movements [not given, but suggested]
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Crescendo Pedal    
     The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X, Vol. III. New York: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914.
     Dunlap, David. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
     Estey Organ Museum Archives. Specification of Estey Organ, Op. 1731 (1919). Courtesy Larry Trupiano.
     The Estey Pipe Organ web site:
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808–2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.

     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808–2008.  Exterior.