Handmaids of Mary in Harlem, 15 West 124th Street ~ Is Sold

The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary stand on the stairs at their Harlem motherhouse at 15 W. 124th St. (Provided by the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary / Regina Fleming)

 

15 West 124th Street, image taken December 19, 2018. Image credit: AFineLyne

 

July 29, 2019 Work-in-progress

 

We spotted a dumpster in front of 15 West 124th Street…….

Overlooking Marcus Garvey Park, at 15 West 124th Street, stands an 18,000+ square-foot, brick building that has been the home to the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary ~ the nation’s oldest order of black nuns.  In 2016, the Order celebrated its 100th Anniversary and year of service with a Gala featuring His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan (Archbishop of New York), with performances by Melba Moore and other celebrity guests, held at the New York Academy of Medicine.

In June of 2017, the Franciscan Handmaids announced that they will be selling their Harlem Motherhouse, in an effort to restructure. In an article by Global sisters Report, it was said that only three Sisters currently live in the West 124th Street building, leaving most of the building empty.

While much of this area is within a Landmarked District, the north side of Marcus Garvey Park is not. When purchased, the structure could be expanded to 30,000 square-feet.

According to Property Shark, 15 West 124th Street sold on February 11, 2019 for $9,400,000 to Harlem LLC ~ and when searching for who/what that entity might be, our Google Search referred us to The Real Deal, who referred us to a lengthy article on ‘the Rise of the Anonymous LLC’. In the article, Senator Brad Holyman states that “New York requires more information for someone applying for a library card than to set up an LLC.”

However, The Real Deal was able to say that the ‘buying entity’ is tied to Michael Dwyer. A team led by CBRE’s Daniel Kaplan brokered the sale. Also included in the deal was 21 West 124th Street next door, which houses the group’s nursery school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Handmaids of Mary in Harlem, 15 West 124th Street ~ Is Sold

  1. Mount Morris Park was my backyard in the late 50s and early 60s and it’s sad to see many of the changes.

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