Queen of Angels Church

Title

Queen of Angels Church
St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Description

Queen of Angels Church is a Gothic Revival style church completed in 1861. Historically it is tied to the middle of 19th century development of the German community in Newark. However, after 1960's it was passed to the Black parish, becoming the center for the community. It has a high nave with a slender central tower which faces Morton Street. The church also has a parish building which was a later addition. Its façade is a five-part symmetrical composition rising to the central tower. The narrow appearance of the Church is given by buttressed corners which are projected beyond the roof as finials. The verticality of buttresses is reinforced by inset piers with corbelled heads and high chancel windows which are topped with Gothic arches. After going through several exterior alterations, including spire removal from the tower, coverage of brick by permastone and the tower being capped, the building style could no longer be fit for Gothic Revival. In the 20th century, this church became the Queen of Angels Church and served the African American community. The church has a brick facade with lancet windows and articulated buttressing. In the back, the church ends with a round apse.

Creator

Date

1861

State

extant

Condition History

The building was scheduled to be demolished in 2014 due to physical deterioration and decline of church membership. Demolition took place during summer 2016.

Bibliography

Barry, Carter. "Queen of Angels: Beloved Catholic church in Newark remains in limbo." Star-Ledger, The: Web Edition Articles (Newark, NJ) 29 Oct. 2014: NewsBank. Web. 1 Aug. 2016

Barry, Carter/Star-Ledger. "Queen of Angels parishioners in Newark say goodbye to barren church." Star-Ledger, The: Web Edition Articles (Newark, NJ) 08 July 2014: NewsBank. Web. 1 Aug. 2016.

Engelmann, Brian M. "Queen of Angels Church." NJIT Digital Archive of Newark Architecture (2011). PDF file.

Gordon, Mark W., and Anthony Schuman, editors. Newark Landmark Treasures: A Guide to the Landmark Buildings, Parks, Public Art & Historic Districts in New Jersey’s Metropolis. Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, 2016, p. 46.

National Register of Historic Places, Queen of Angels Church, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, National Register #72000783

Style

German Gothic Revival

Files

QUEEN_OF_ANGELS_CHURCH,_NEWARK,_ESSEX_COUNTY,_NJ.jpg
njit-naa-2010-0035-a2.pdf

Collection

Citation

Otto Gsantner, “Queen of Angels Church,” DANA, accessed July 25, 2024, https://dana.njit.edu/items/show/473.

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Item Relations

Item: Otto Gsantner creator of This Item

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