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St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
Perrineville, Millstone Township, Monmouth County

A stucco-over-brick building (30’ x 55’), which apparently was relatively common construction among late nineteenth-century Catholic churches in the central part of the state. It appears that the church is located at a significant crossroads, but some distance from the center of population when it was erected in 1879. Now it is surrounded by residential developments, much like the old Spanish missions in California, which, too, were once isolated and all the more impressive for that isolation. I understand (as of March 2008) the church authorities have agreed to let the building be razed. Notice the similarity between this building and the Catholic church in Colts Neck—St. Mary’s, built in the same year—they seem to be virtually identical except for the belfry.








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