The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved the application for St. James Terrace – a supportive and affordable housing development and community center adjacent to the landmarked St. James Episcopal Church in the Bronx.
The south end of the new residential building incorporates a monumental entrance from Jerome Avenue to the existing church site. The Gothic arches visually connect the double-height passageway to the historic buildings. As you move through the entrance arcade, the arched openings frame oblique and axial views of the “English country church on a hill” before opening on to a new, landscaped courtyard. This outdoor room is proposed as a new cloister or “close” for the church that ties together the new building, the existing Parish House, and the sanctuary. The new building and site design replace a parking lot, creating new ways to view and access the historic buildings while providing much-needed housing and new services to the Fordham community.