Oversea Chinese Mission
The Oversea Chinese Mission is the largest Chinese church in New York. Founded in 1961 it has grown to serve 1,500 worshipers each Sunday at its main church in Chinatown, in addition to five satellite congregations in the tri-state region. The church is bursting with activity and is an anchor in the neighborhood. Besides worship services (conducted in Mandarin, Cantonese and English), OCM provides daycare and after school programs, language and adult classes. In a pioneering move in 1964, OCM purchased a former school north of Canal Street that had been built in the 1900s. This design is for the first large scale renovation of the building since then.
The aims of the design are threefold: 1) to fit still more program into the building, 2) to up-grade the entire infrastructure , and 3) to open up the building to the busy corner of Hester and Mott Streets, thereby enhancing the church’s identity and presence in the community.