Saturday, July 27, 2013

SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic School, Greenpoint

100 to 102 Dupont Street 
In another neighborhood I might not have noticed this building but sitting empty on the quiet block of Dupont Street among residential buildings at the far end of Greenpoint, it stands out. I have not been able to find out much about this building; however, according to the Department of Buildings it is a Yeshiva (Jewish parochial school) and it has been under renovation for some time. Constructed in the year 1919, I believe this building is designed in the Romanesque Revival style. Given the character of the architecture and the crosses detailed in the building's masonry I suspected that it was not a Jewish School. I spoke to a long time resident of the neighborhood and learned that it was a Catholic School (School of S S Cyril and Methodius) that began to undergo renovation 3 years ago. The school closed in 1999. When I first moved to Greenpoint this building was in a state of disrepair and now it is a condo building with apartments starting at $2,450 per month.


School of SS Cyril and Methodius Entrance

Entrance Details
Pictured here are the doorway arch with broken pediment, faux finish and cross relief, as well as the twin columns with cushion capitals. Prior to being renovated the pediment and arch over the entrance were covered with green tiles instead of the faux finish it has now.


Looking Skyward to the Parapet Wall

A cross once stood at the peak of the parapet wall. In addition to the cross, other religious ornament has also been removed.


Cornerstone





8 comments:

  1. SS. Cyril& Methodius closed in 1999. I attended this school from 1965-74.

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    1. Thanks for the information. I spoke to someone who lives a few doors down and he said that the school closed three years ago. He must have been referring to when the new owners began renovating the building.

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    2. Hello King Ning. I'll bet we know each other. I also went to Ss. Cyril & Methodius from '65 to '74. I lived right behind the playground, at 134 Eagle St., it's gone now, just a vacant lot. And later at 216 Freeman St., also gone. I would like very much to talk to anyone who went there. Did you go on the 8th grade trip to D.C.? I may have pictures from that trip, First Communion & Confirmation I'm about to go look.

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  2. My grandmother and her older siblings attended this school starting in 1922. We missed taking her to see it on her 88th birthday, she couldn't remember where it was.

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  3. Dorothy Gruda UrbaniakApril 26, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    I attended this school from January 1960 through June 1968. I would have loved to walk through it as it was as a school. Spent 8-1/2 years there. Too many memories to count.

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  4. I also attend that school class of1979.. I live on 90 Dupont St. As wellright next door..

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  5. I also attend that school class of1979.. I live on 90 Dupont St. As wellright next door..

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  6. i attended this school in the late 1950's.

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