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St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
Jersey City, Hudson County

St. Joseph's parish was organized in 1856 to serve the Irish laborers working on the Erie Railroad tunnel in the immediate area. This large stone church was erected in 1872-1873, but the architect is unknown, although the church is often attributed to Patrick Keely who designed three other churches in the immediate area. It apparently was intended to be the leading Catholic church in the city, as it sits within sight of City Hall on Baldwin Avenue between Magnolia and Pavonia. The interior is quite ornate and in excellent condition.




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