St. JOHN'S CHURCH
ST. JOHNS METHODIST EPISCOPAL
Bedford Av & Wilson St. Williamsburgh Brooklyn ED
Built in 1868, just one very short block from the Knapp Mansion at Bedford & Ross St, heavily funded and supported in many ways by Joseph Fairchild and Phoebe Palmer Knapp, this church was most likely the first public place Phoebe's hymn "Blessed Assurance" was ever sung in public. It was written in her mansion's music room in 1873 . This church is forever linked by me and I'm sure the 19th century people of Williamsburg then to the Knapp Mansion there, just like the Mastic Beach, NY Knapp mansion is linked (by me) with St, Johns RC Church in Center Moriches, although much further from it's doorstep.
My reasons are simple : The Mastic Beach Knapp Mansion was purchased by St. Jude's Church in 1950 which was controlled by the Brooklyn Diocese , who planned to turn it into a parochial school. The main reason speculated that they probably never did was, not the cost of converting it into a school, but rather lack of enough students in Mastic Beach to fill the four classrooms. Those handful of Mastic Beach students went instead to the St. John's Parochial School in Center Moriches. Probably had St. Jude's waited say five years or so before putting fourth that plan, the Mastic Beach mansion might still be standing? Instead they abandoned the plan and the mansion, leaving it to fall into ruin.....which was not very smart. Just my thought though, because although this church and the Knapp Mansion in Brooklyn were both were utilized well into the twentieth century, both were torn down. See ?_Very Simple! and Very Stupid!!
But I also find this a bit incredulous, only because most of the houses of the same era and no where near the historical importance of the Knapp residence (it hosted US Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Cleveland, Harrison, Arthur and McKinley ) are still standing today on this short block of historic Bedford Ave. As for St John's ME, regardless of your religous affilliation or non affiliation who in their right mind would approve of tearing down a piece of Gothic architecture like that and for what ? An apartment building? a doctors office? a government office, a retail store ?
Knapp Mansion & St John's ME Church Bedford Ave
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St. Jude's and Their Knapp Mansion