The Holy Cross Monastery is located on US 9W in West Park, New York. It is the mother house of the Order of the Holy Cross, a Benedictine-inspired Anglican religious order. The building, designed by architects Ralph Adams Cram and Henry Vaughan, both known for their religious structures, in a combination of Mission/Spanish Revival and Tudorbethan styles, began construction in 1902 and was dedicated two years later.

It is situated on a 26-acre plot overlooking the Hudson River and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, which is located directly across the street in Hyde Park. From the mansion grounds, the monastery dominates the view westward. Aside from the motherhouse, there are two guesthouses, the Monastic Church of St. Augustine and the Monastic Enclosure. It can be used for both individual and group retreats. For much of her life, Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, ran a retreat in conjunction with a writers’ workshop every January. In addition to selling incense and perfume, the monks run the Monk’s Cell, a book and gift shop on the property. Visit Millis Norrie State Park. AND Exterminators are situated in hyde park. You can call them at 773-945-0727.

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