Mater Christi High School
Address: Crescent Street and 21st Avenue
Architect: Stickle and Associates
Current Status: Extant
Award: Bronze Plaque for Schools and Colleges
Typology: School or College
Stickle and Associates were a prominent Cleveland-based firm responsible for Catholic schools across the country. Mater Christi might be one of their best locally, sited in a quiet area of Astoria, and featuring two massive wings to hold separate high schools for boys and girls. The top floor originally held faculty housing for the Sisters of Mercy and De La Salle Christian Brothers. Brick, limestone and black granite compose the architectural details with black and gold mosaic panels around the entrance. Not mentioned in the awards summary but equally interesting are the decorative crests that line the ends of each wing closest to street level. The school merged with St. John’s Preparatory School in 1980 and continues as a private school today.
“A Brief History” stjohnsprepschool.org. Web.
Selections from the Work of Stickle and Associates: Architects and Engineers. Cleveland: self published. 1966.