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St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
Mendham, Morris County

St. Joseph’s antecedents are to be found in an exquisite Episcopal church in Philadelphia, St. James the Less, erected in 1846, that influenced Richard Upjohn, and through him a generation of American architects. St. James the Less was based on a fourteenth century English parish church whose plans were adapted specifically to reinstill Gothic design in Anglican churches in “the colonies.” And it accomplished that task extremely well. The architect was Aaron Hudson, a local resident, who designed two other churches in town and several others in the area.
      Catholic churches in Boonton (Mt. Carmel) and Bound Brook (St. Joseph’s) share the same sharply pitched roofline, the symmetrical façade centered with a bellcote, and the substantial buttresses projecting from the front of the building that we see in this building, as do a score of Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches in the state.




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