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Grace [Episcopal] Church
Newark, Essex County


Grace Church is one of the many jewels of Newark. Designed by Richard Upjohn in 1848, 11 years after the congregation was organized, it was the second Episcopal church built in Newark. Although it is not modeled after a 14th century English Gothic church, as Episcopal Bishop George Washington Doane preferred, it embodies many of the elements promoted by the Ecclesiology movement in the Anglican church, including the steeply pitched roof, the long narrow nave with side aisles, a deep chancel, transept, and narrow, pointed (Gothic) windows. Compare this to the nave of Trinity church, built in 1810, for example, to see how much closer the Episcopal church had drawn to early English churches for its models instead of the Greek Revival or the Wren-Gibbs plan that we see in the Old First church a few blocks away.
     Upjohn would design several other Episcopal churches in the state, including Trinity church in Hoboken eight years later, which bears a strong resemblance to this, except for the absence of a tower.

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