Elizabeth – Saint Adalbert

By | November 8, 2011

Established as a Polish parish in 1905, St. Adalbert’s was joined with Sts. Peter and Paul (Lithuanian parish since 1895) in 2009. The interior is wonderfully restored and exquisite.

The parish website contains excellent pictures of both churches.


Belleville – Saint Anthony

By | November 8, 2011

Outwardly a modest brick structure in a combination of Renaissance and Baroque styles, the interior is richly ornamented and very pleasing.

For more interior photos see


Newark – Saint Casimir

By | November 6, 2011

Known as the “cathedral of the Ironbound,” St. Casimir’s is a magnificent and opulent example of Renaissance Revival architecture with Baroque accents.

An excellent web site for more pictures is : http://www.newarkhistory.com/stcasimirschurch.html

Jersey City – Holy Rosary

By | September 24, 2011


This lovely Baroque church was opened in 1904 and consecrated in 1928. The parish website describes the church as follows:

“The edifice is a synthesis of three architectural types—Greek, Byzantine and Roman. Greek strength and simplicity of design were reflected in the basic rectangular building with a double-pitched roof, a pediment, Corinthian architrave, frieze and cornice. The arched doorways, windows and niche reflected the quiet grace of Roman architecture. Three elegant Byzantine pillared cupolas crowned the campanile and atop each of the two pilasters framing the façade. The central nave between two side aisles was reminiscent of the Roman basilica and divided by two rows of columns. Each has a Corinthian capital of acanthus leaves. The vaulted nave, aisles, arched recesses of the two side altars and the sanctuary is Byzantine expressions of Roman structural features.”


Newark (Vailsburg) – Sacred Heart

By | August 9, 2011

This massive gray church, with its majestic towers and entranceway, was built on a scale usually associated with cathedrals. The construction was by William H. Fissell.

It is an adaptation of the Baroque style simplified with Art Deco details, typical of the 1920s when it was designed and constructed. In some accouints, the style is called “Italian Renaissance.” When opened in 1929, it was the largest parish church in the United States, seating 2,480. The preacher at the dedication ceremony was Rev. Fulton J. Sheen.

The muted gray interior, designed by John Earley, is illuminated with spectacular stained glass. According to parish accounts, they were designed by and/or fabricated by local artists Charles hodge and John Farrell. In the nave, Old Testament heroes face saints of the New Covenant. Prominent are Saint Patrick and St. Boniface, testifying to the Irish and German heritage of the congregation that built this edifice.

The striking rose window features a crucifix that divides it in a three dimensional manner. The soft glow in this window is produced by alabaster, not glass.

The two transept balconies are an unusual feature in this churhc, and add to its distinctiveness. Much of the decoration utilizes what is called “applied mosaic,” a style popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It can be seen in the figures in the apse, done in Art Deco style. This method used common stone rahter than glass or marble and produced a soft effect.

The Baroque main altar is rare Algerian onyx decorated with little pineapples. Details in the church include pietrasanta marble. The main altar and the side altars were made by Daprato of Chicago. A lengthy Cararra marble and bronze altar rail depicts the faces of the Twelve Apostles, whose features are copied from those in the “Last Supper” by Leonardo DaVinci. On either side of the altar are twin raised pulpits, a rarely seen feature. Flanking the main altar are eight-foot high Art Deco bronze urns for flowers. They were manufactured in Dublin in the early 1950s.

Orange – Our Lady of the Valley

By | August 9, 2011