5. St. Jerome’s Church

Another religious institution, St. Jerome’s Church on 230 Alexander Avenue was designed by Delhi & Howard in the style of the Italian Renaissance with features reminiscent of Hispanic antecedents. The parish was established in 1869 by the Reverend John J. Hughes, giving rise to a block-long complex that consisted of a rectory, a school, completed in 1871, and a church building that was constructed in 1898.

In 1898, The New York Times reported that the forthcoming church building would “be one of the finest churches in the Borough of the Bronx” when completed. In 2013, however, the school shuttered due to financial constraints. It was one of 22 “at risk” schools the Archdiocese of New York had to close in order to “keep the entire system afloat,” wfuv.org reported at the time.