South Orange – Our Lady of Sorrows

By | August 26, 2011


Dedicated in June 1931, the church is a stylistic descendant of the Boston Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century. Faced with Pennsylvania Foxcroft stone, the various elevations of the church contain Gothic detailing that brings to mind other commissions of its architect Charles Maginnis such as the church’s virtual twin, the Church of Saint Gabriel in Washington, DC. With  an artistic framework of French Gothic origin, there also are hints of Art Nouveau and Art Moderne characteristics that can be found in some of the interior’s artistic appointments such as the Stations of the Cross by Rambusch Studios. The bronze Stations of the Cross are particularly noteworthy for the angularity of the figures and hints of Egyptian influence found in numerous works after the discovery of the Tomb of King Tutankhamun.

The floor is of Tennessee marble and the columns of Languedoc marble imported from France.

The contractor was W. H. Fissell and Co.

Our Lady of Sorrows Building History

1929 -

The renovations of 1986 left the main body of the church intact. Unfortunately, the renovations disrupted the harmony of the original design, especially in the sanctuary. The sight lines were disrupted and the design of the marble floor that led one to the sanctuary was lost with the replacement of the marble with its black and white lines by tile.

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Thomas Fissell on January 6, 2015 at 2:22 pm.

My Grandfather was the contractor. All 5 of my siblings went to OLS. I was an altar boy. That’s FISSELL with 2 L’s. LOL. Love the site. Brings back great memories sledding down the parking lot.

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