St. George's Episcopal Church

3rd Ave. and E. 16th St., New York, New York


St. George's Episcopal Church, Third Avenue & East Sixteenth Street

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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St. George's Episcopal Church derives its primary significance from its association with Harry Thacker Burleigh, internationally known black composer, arranger, and performer of music, who held the position as soloist at the church for more than 40 years. Burleigh is extended much credit for bringing black spirituals to the attention of the public and other performers, and making them acceptable to be performed in serious settings. The church itself is a handsome example of Romanesque architecture. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS NY-5720)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Performing Arts
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1908; 1948

Update Log 

  • March 3, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett