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South Park Presbyterian Church
Newark, Essex County

There's not much left of this Renaissance Revival building in the Lincoln Park section of Newark. It was built in 1853 by architect John Welsh and it is pictured in several books on American architecture. Lincoln addressed a large crown from its steps in 1861. From 1974 to 1989 it housed the Lighthouse Temple, and burned in 1992.
     Church records include the following notation, " Mr. Welsh, the architect, presented plans for a church to cost about twenty-seven thousand five hundred dollars. By July 30, 1853, contracts for the work were ready. David Henderson contracted to furnish it stone, James S. Valentine contracted to do the stone-cutting, Jonas Reeve the mason-work, Ezra Reeve the carpenter-work, and J.W. Rice & Co. contracted for the painting."




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