Although its light gray granite has been obscured by decades of grime, the pure Gothic details of its magnificent facade and towers are clear.
Month: January 2011
Completed at a cost of $1 million in the depths of the Depression, St. Aedan’s Church sits on the highest point in Jersey City.
Designed by Jeremiah O’Rourke — architect of the Seton Hall University Chapel and Presidents Hall — this Gothic Revival church was constructed with local brownstone. It’s elaborate spire, added in 1881, with protruding gargoyles and statues of the four evangelists, is unique as is the sanctuary floor with its magnificent floral-patterned parquetry.
A melange of architectural styles, St. Columba’s is based on the early 18th-century Chapelle Royale of Versailles. Its facade and semi-circular porch are copied from Pietro da Cortona’s mid-17th-century church of Santa Maria della Pace in Rome, and its bell tower is a smaller version of the Renaissance campanile of St. Mark’s in Venice.
Visible from the PATH terminal in Journal Square, St. John’s Church is a massive granite structure, built in the Romanesque style, whose somber exterior belies its lavish and glittering interior.