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  early churches of New Jersey

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Saint Mary's Church
Plainfield, Union County

Founded in 1851, this large Gothic church was erected in 1875. Services were initially held in a private home, and then in a barn. The small dormers along the roof line and the white stone belting and window arches on the red brick walls were a common in the last few decades of the nineteenth century, but especially in Catholic churches. The architect was Jeremiah O'Rourke, a leading Catholic architect based in Newark, who designed at least a dozen other churches in the state. The alternating bands of colored stone in the window surrounds can be found on several of his other churches as well, notably St. Mary's in South Amboy and St. Michael's in Newark.

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