St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church
4200 Fourth Avenue
Raymond F. Almirall
The 200-foot tower of St. Michael’s was the second tallest building in Brooklyn after the Williamsburgh Savings Bank until the early 21st century, when high-rise residential towers began to sprout up across the borough. The tower’s egg-shaped dome recalls the famous basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Paris, a French connection made through its École des Beaux Arts-trained architect. Almirall also designed the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank Building at 51 Chamber Street in Manhattan, as well as most of the campus of Seaview Hospital in Staten Island.