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Church of the Precious Blood
Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County

The steeply-pitched 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.





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