Hallelujah! St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue is now a national landmark

The Department of Interior just announced 10 new national landmarks, one of which is NYC’s very own St. Bartholomew’s Church. The stately, Episcopalian church on Park Avenue was designed in part by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and opened in 1930 — a whopping 12 years after construction began. It was eventually designated as a NYC landmark in 1967.

“These 10 new national historic landmarks reveal important pieces of our nation’s diverse heritage through art, architecture and stories of community and identity,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement.

The historic gem — Lord knows it’s a beauty — has had quite the past. It was once in the middle of a tug of war between the church and the city. The church wanted a 47-tower skyscraper to be erected where its community house resides, but the city put the kibosh on that.

It’s been a stellar year overall for NYC landmarks; in addition to the church, Stonewall in the West Village was also finally designated as a national landmark in June.