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St. Lucy's Roman Catholic Church

Hoboken, Hudson County
founded 18__, built 1895

St. Luchy's Catholic churchJersey City and Hoboken have more than their fair share of interesting old churches; Saint Lucy's very tall tower and the several fine Romanesque Revival elements of its design are two of the major contributors to that impression. St Lucy's was built in 1895, but its survival appears in doubt, as the building is currently unused. It sits about on the boundary between Jersey City and Hoboken, just a block or two from the road leading to the Holland Tunnel.

It was designed by Jeremiah O'Rourke, a Newark architect who was responsible for at least a dozen other Catholic churches in the state. The tower is quite similar to that of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield, which O'Rourke also designed. It is also characteristic of a number of midwestern post offices of the 1880s and 1890s; not surprisingly, O'Rourke served for a time as the Supervising Architect of the U.S., in which position he was responsible for the construction of several post offices which bear an affinity with St. Lucy's and the Bloomfield church.