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Grace [Episcopal] Church
Newark, Essex County
Grace Church is one of the many jewels of Newark. Designed by Richard
Upjohn in 1848, 11 years after the congregation was organized, it was
the second Episcopal church built in Newark. Although it is not modeled
after a 14th century English Gothic church, as Episcopal Bishop George
Washington Doane preferred, it embodies many of the elements promoted
by the Ecclesiology movement in the Anglican church, including the steeply
pitched roof, the long narrow nave with side aisles, a deep chancel,
transept, and narrow, pointed (Gothic) windows. Compare this to the
nave of Trinity church, built in
1810, for example, to see how much closer the Episcopal church had drawn
to early English churches for its models instead of the Greek Revival
or the Wren-Gibbs plan that we see in the Old First church a few blocks
Upjohn would design several other Episcopal
churches in the state, including Trinity
church in Hoboken eight years later, which bears a strong resemblance
to this, except for the absence of a tower.
National Register, of course.