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House of Prayer [Episcopal] Church
Newark, Essex County

This small early Gothic Revival church, designed by Frank Wills, a leading architect of the day, was built in 1850, less than a mile north of Trinity Episcopal church on North Broad. It got mixed reviews from the critics of its day, but I find it an interesting building.
      It was described in 1883: "The church is of stone, with slate roof and the architecture is of the style known as the English, or four-pointed. The size of the nave internally is sixty-eight by forty-six feet, and the chancel is twenty feet deep. The apex of the nave roof is forty-three feet from the floor. The tower and spire are of stone, reaching one hundred and twenty feet above the sidewalk. The entire cost of land, church edifice, rectory and repairs was twenty-three thousand dollars."

National Register.




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