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St. John's Free Protestant Episcopal Church


Jersey City, Hudson County
Summit & Fremont
founded 1869, built 1871

St. Johns Free, Jerset CityThe congregation was originally a mission of Saint Paul's, organized in 1869, and this lovely building was erected in 1871. The architect was J. Remson Onderdonk, who also designed Saint Paul's. Onderdonk is the name of two Episcopal Bishops were were involved in the Ecclesiology movement in the 1840s and 50s, a fact that may not be coincidental. The triple entrance vestibule was a later addition; indeed, the church was so popular that is was enlarged and extended several times. The congregation was disbanded about seven years ago (in 1910 it had a membership of 4,000 and more than 1,000 in Sunday Schools), and the building is rented to a Pentecostal sect. I intend to photograph the interior before it deteriorates further, which is a real likelihood, I am told. The building is a gem and is most worthy of preservation. It is located at Summit and Fremont.