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Heart Roman Catholic
Bloomfield, Essex County
Sacred Heart is a large red sandstone church, situated on the "square"
which also hosts three other large stone churches, including the magnificent
1790s Presbyterian church. The tower is exceptionally tall—and
very similar to that of St. Lucy's in Jersey City, which is not surprising
because the same Newark architect was responsible for both. Jeremiah
O'Rourke, the leading Catholic architect of the late decades of the
nineteenth century in New Jersey, designed both buildings within a few
years of each other. The tower is also similar, although on a smaller
scale, to those on Catholic churches in Raritan and Newton. The building
was erected in1898.