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St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church
Newark, Essex County
sits on Belleville Avenue, a mile or so north of the center of the
city, and was erected in 1878, the same year it was organized, to
serve a largely
the area. The congregation later merged with the Hispanic congregation
of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
The church was designed by Jeremiah O'Rourke,
a Newark archictect and a leading designer of Catholic churches in the later
decades of the nineteenth century.
polychrome window molds, a blend of Gothic and Romanesque, provides an exotic
touch; O'Rourke made use of something similar for a post office building
he was the Supervising Architect
for the U.S. Treasury, and for St. Mary's church in Plainfield. He may also have
designed St. mary's in South Amboy, which shares many features with St. Michaels.