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Paterson, Passaic County
The style is a fairly common one, especially for Presbyterian churches
erected in the 1880s or so. A large central nave flanked by two towers
of unequal height. Chartres cathedral in France may not have set the
style, but that exceptional church certainly legitimatized it. This is
a reddish brick building erected in 1878 at Hamilton and Straight. It
incorporates some Romanesque elements but also a few that are not exactly
from any known style. Let us call it eclectic. The awning over the main
entrance proclaims it as Solomon's Temple.