Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

Coordinates: 40°42′9.12″N 74°0′49.79″W / 40.7025333°N 74.0138306°W / 40.7025333; -74.0138306

The Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is located in the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, a Roman Catholic parish church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York at 7 State Street, between Pearl and Water Streets in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City.[3]

The Shrine of
St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Rectory 7 State Street.jpg
The Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (left) next to the James Watson House (right), now the Rectory of the Shrine (2008)
General information
Architectural styleGeorgian Revival / Colonial Revival
Town or cityFinancial District, Manhattan, New York City
Construction started1964
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Design and construction
Architectchurch: Shanley & Sturges[1][2]
rectory: John McComb, Jr. (w. half, attributed)
Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Manhattan

Parish historyEdit

After the Civil War, Irish author Charlotte Grace O'Brien bought the James Watson House to be the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary, which served as a way station for young immigrant girls.[1] The parish was established in 1884 as a mission[4] and raised to parish status in 1886 when Cardinal John McCloskey directed that Lower Manhattan and the Harbor Islands be separated from St. Peter’s Parish and constitute the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary.[5]


On November 2, 2014, the Archdiocese of New York announced that the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary will merge with St. Peter's on Barclay Street, becoming one parish with two sites. Our Lady of the Rosary is an atypical parish, with no significant resident population.[6] Masses and sacraments continue to be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary.[7]

8 & 7 State Street in 1891


Elizabeth Ann Seton lived at 8 State Street[5] after the bankruptcy of William Seton's business forced them to give up the Seton family home at 61 Stone Street. They stayed here from 1801 to 1803 before sailing to Italy for William's health. In 1840 the site held the offices of a number of transportation companies, such as the New York and Hammondsport Lake Line Boats, the New York and Ithaca Line, and the New York and Seneca Falls Line Lake Boats.[8] It also served as the "Eight South Street Hotel".[9] The Georgian Revival / Colonial Revival brick church was built in 1964-5 and was designed by the firm of Shanley & Sturges.[1]

The church is located next to the James Watson House, a New York City landmark[10] which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1793 and extended in 1806,[10] the eastern portion is the work of an unknown architect, and the western half is attributed to John McComb, Jr.[1] In 1975, the house became the Rectory of the Shrine.[1]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton and James Watson House" on the New York Architectural Images website (Accessed 6 February 2011)
  2. ^ a b White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot & Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19538-386-7. p. 11
  3. ^ Seton Shrine Website (Accessed 5 February 2011)
  4. ^ Remigius Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3: The Province of Baltimore and the Province of New York, Section 1: Comprising the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, Buffalo and Ogdensburg Together with some Supplementary Articles on Religious Communities.. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p.360.
  5. ^ a b "Our Lady of the Rosary", St. Peter - Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Parish, New York City
  6. ^ "Merging parishes", Our Lady of the Rosary, spring 2015
  7. ^ " 'Making All Things New' Decisions Announced", Archdiocese of New York, November 2, 2014
  8. ^ Williams, Edwin. "William's New York Annual, J. Leavitt, 1840
  9. ^ George B. Corsa Hotel Collection, New York Historical Society
  10. ^ a b New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009). Postal, Matthew A. (ed.). Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1. p.8.

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