Normandie Doors at Our Lady of Lebanon

Flickr photo by Tom Rupolo

Flickr photo by Tom Rupolo

Untapped New York has a story about the doors on Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral at Henry and Remsen streets. The doors were taken from the great French ocean liner Normandie, which burned and sank in 1942 while in the process of being converted to a troopship while docked on the West Side of Manhattan. The story says the doors are on the Cathedral’s main entrance on Henry, but there are others (photo) on the Remsen Street side. They had to be re-sized to fit the existing church entrances, and were installed in the late 1940s.

The story notes that the building was designed by Richard Upjohn, who also designed Trinity Church in Manhattan and Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights. It was completed in 1846 as the Congregationalist Church of the Pilgrims, and was sold to the Lebanese Maronite Catholic Community in 1943, after Church of the Pilgrims merged with its Brooklyn Heights neighbor Plymouth Church.

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