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Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
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.




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