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St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church
Freehold, Monmouth County

There are many interesting details in this substantial Gothic church which seats 700. The clerestory is covered with slate and the window surrounds are particularly stylish. It originally had a tall spire atop the tower, but that was taken down many years ago. The previous frame church, which seated only 170 was built in 1854, and then enlarged in 1873.
     The church and its related buildings occupy about half a city block, but well away from the center of town. The likelihood is that mid-century Protestant landowners would not sell property in a more prominent location to a Catholic congregation. The architect was Henry Young of Keyport.






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