Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School
110-6 Queens Boulevard, Maginnis & Walsh, 1938-39
72-55 Austin Street Maginnis & Walsh, 1928
The parish of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs was founded in 1912, as the development of Forest Hills was in full swing. Its original wood frame chapel building burned down in 1929, just after the completion of the church’s beautiful neo-Gothic school building. It would be ten more years until a new sanctuary would be built, with services taking place in the school’s auditorium in the interim. Modeled after England’s Durham Cathedral, the cruciform sanctuary building was constructed of granite and limestone and features an abundance of stained glass. It is the largest Catholic church in Queens.
If you walk along Queens Boulevard on 72nd Avenue, you will see some of the earliest residences in Forest Hills, which are commemorated by a plaque on number 108-19.