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of the Precious Blood
roof is the first sign that this is a late Gothic design,
although the building is now clad in aluminum. Except for the
small structure at the left, it is perfectly symmetrical. There are three
entrances and the tower is really a shallow projection topped by
a bellcote—in other words, not really a tower. I learned from
a local historian that Jeremiah O’Rourke was the architect,
and that seems likely, as he designed many of the Catholic
churches in the state. The Monmouth Beach website says the
church was “built
by shipbuilders like an upside-down ship. “ You can
decide if that is an apt description.
It started as a mission of Star of the Sea in Long Branch and became
a full parish in 1947.