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High Street Presbyterian Church
Newark, Essex County


Now the Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, this is a magnificent building in the manner of the English Gothic churches of the fourteenth century. It was built in 1852 and has recently been restored.
   In the 1883 History of Essex and Hudson Counties, the church is described in the manner: "The walls are of brown stone, arranged in ornamental Gothic style, without any wood on the exterior except the doors, the window sills and frames being of stone, beautifully carved. Four richly-ornamented pinnacles rise from the tower, and stone railing resembling vines run the entire length on either side of the roof. The interior is pronounced to be one of the most elaborately-finished churches in the State. The designs on the windows are entirely original, and were executed by a special artist employed for the purpose by the congregation. No two are alike, and the representations are true to nature."




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