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Saint Patrick's Church
Bramhall Avenue and Grand Street
State and National Registers of Historic Places, 1980

In the early twentieth century, Jerey City's largest church was anchor to the city's Irish immigrant community. The architect of this Victorian-Gothic structure, Patrick C. Keely, designed at least 600 churches in the Norhteastern United States.

Construction took place between the years of 1870 and 1877. Stone removed to make way for a local railroad cut (of the Central Jersey line) was the source of the blue flint used by the masons. Due to the irregular shape of the lot, the tower is at an angle that enhances the effect on the viewer.

Over twenty stained glass windows illuminate the church. In the apse, five panels portray the life of Saint Patrick.

The church complex includes a chapel, rectory, convent, recreation center, meeting hall, and school, The school – added in 1901 – includes a full-size theatre (based on Broadway's Schubert) wiht an orchestra, dual balconies, eight private booths, and a dozen dressing rooms. Victor Herbert and Edward McDowell directed operettas here.

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