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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."