Striped Church (Harlem)


The techno-color lines of the Greater Refuge Temple stand out on the corner of Adam Clayton Powell and 124th Street. It is also known as the “Mother Church” (Headquarters) of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If I’m getting this right, the building started its life as a casino which was converted by Marcus Loew in 1910 into a theater for vaudeville and photoplays. The theater was in operation until the mid 193os when it closed because of the Depression. As for the congregation, it was founded in 1919 and moved to its present location in 1945.  Renovations were completed in 1966. The architect was Costas Machlouzarides. The site is described at the church’s website as one of the most modern buildings in Harlem.



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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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