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Saint John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
Lambertville, Hunterdon County

The first Catholic church in Hunterdon county was built in Lambertville in 1842, although earlier services had been held there intermitently in private homes in the area. The original church was built a couple of blocks away on Church Street. Between that church and the Presbyterian Church at the end of the street were a string of taverns and brothels. Land on Bridge Street for this building was purchased in 1880 with the connaivance of a couple of Protestants—purchase by Catholics of such a prominent lot would have been unpopular—but the financial condition of the congregation did not permit construction until 15 years later, in 1896. Built in typical Catholic Gothic Revival manner, its steeple is visible through alleyways and gaps in buildings for several blocks around.




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