Saturday, March 13, 2010

Queen of All Saints Church

The McNallys on their way to church in Queens in 1945

When Elizabeth Daly Valentine died in 1951 she was living on Tulip Avenue in Stewart Manor, Queens, but her funeral was held at the Queen of All Saints Cathedral Chapel at Vanderbilt and Lafayette Avenues in Brooklyn, the church she attended a good deal of her life. When her husband John Valentine died in 1922 his obituary described him as a member of that church's Holy Name Society.

Today, Queen of All Saints describes itself as the "Adelphi Ave. Fort Greene neighborhood Church." In it's online history the Church says George Mundelein, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn began in 1909 "the process of erecting Queen of All Saints Cathedral Chapel, overseeing every detail himself." The church replaced the Chapel of St. John which had been at the site since 1879.

The cornerstone was laid in 1911.
 Architect Gustave Steinbeck's inspiration was Sainte Chapelle in Paris,
a 13th-century Gothic church.

Sainte Chapelle, pictured in a miniature of Paris from about 1400.

A map of the parishes in northern Brooklyn. The Valentines and the McNallys attended Sacred Heart and Queen of All Saints in the pink box. The blue push pin below shows the location of Queen of All Saints, east of Fort Greene Park.

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