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Mary's Roman Catholic Church
Colts Neck, Monmouth County
is a brick church, 30 x 50, that has been converted into a
residence. The basic plan and front elevation, as well as the window
surrounds are identical to three churches in the county— St.
Gabriel Roman Catholic church in Marlboro, Mary the Virgin Episcopal
church in Keyport, and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic church
in Perrineville, all built within a year of this. In fact, there
is a substantial similarity between this building and St.
The building was designed by a Monmouth architect-builder-farmer, Austin
H. Patterson, who should probably be credited with St. Joseph’s
as well. The congregation sold this building in 1972 when
it built a huge contemporary church on Route 35 only a couple
of miles away.