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Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
Paterson, Passaic County
St. Joseph's was built in 1886 in the Gothic manner. I assume it once
had a tall spire atop the right tower—or at least was designed
for a spire that was then never built—not an uncommon situation.
I find it a nicely proportioned building, and there is a large and stylish
to the rear. The church was designed by Jeremiah O'Rourke, a Newark-based
architect who was responsible for more than a dozen Catholic churches
in the state.