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St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
Newark, Essex County

Located at Lafayette and Union in the Ironbound section, this substantial building was erected in 1890. It is an interesting, but to me not altogether satisfactory solution to a small city plot. One has to get some distance from the church to begin to appreciate its shape, and there is little place for one to get that perspective. In the Renaissance, powerful cardinals and princes cleared large plazas so their palazzos and churches could more readily be seen—it seems to have been a glorious age for important architects. But there were no cardinals or merchant princes in the Ironbound of the 1890s, so architect William Halsey Wood, who also designed the Byzantine-styled Peddie Memorial Baptist church on a very suitable site in the heart of the city, had to make do with this.




Copyright (c) 2001 Frank L. Greenagel