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Hope rising

The new 13-story building, designed by Magnusson Architecture + Planning, provides 112 units for low-income residents.

A view of the neighborhood

The project was commissioned by Catholic Charities of New York and built on the site of the former St. Augustine’s Church in the heart of the Morrisania neighborhood in the Bronx.

A beacon for the Bronx

Magnusson Architecture says the design for St. Augustine Terrace was inspired by the notion that a house of worship is a beacon of light in its community. "From that idea came 13 floors of large, fully glazed elevator lobbies which provide spectacular views by day and then become a glowing tower by night," Magnusson says.

The new and the old

St. Augustine Terrace rises on the site of the former St. Augustine church and school. The school, seen in the background, is now the Harriet Tubman Charter School.

Bright living

“The beacon of light idea is a visual representation of the client’s mission; it’s about hope and community,” said architect Fernando Villa, AIA, a principal at Magnusson Architecture. "And it also let us create a beautiful amenity with fantastic views that everyone can enjoy."

Room with a view


In the Big Apple

The placement of this south facing element was the most inclusive way to share the city vista with all residents, says the architects. At the same time it gives light to the adjacent park in the evening.

Home is where the heart is


Comfort and style


A place for all

One third of the units (35 studio apartments) will be set aside for adults with mental illness who will be serviced by the Beacon of Hope Division of Catholic Charities Community Services which provides mental health support services. The remaining 77 units will include 19 one-bedroom, 37 two- bedroom, and 21 three-bedroom apartments