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Holy Cross Church


Trenton, Mercer County
Cass & Adeline Streets
founded 1891, built 1891

Holy CrossIt may look like the rectory for the large church next door—and that's what it is, now—but it was originally erected as the Holy Cross church in 1891. The architect was Samuel A. Brouse, who designed the Methodist church in Washington (Warren County). Lacking an early photograph of the building, it is impossible to say what the original plan looked like (perhaps some reader can supply one).

The church served the congregation for 19 years, until the neoclassical building seen in the background was erected in 1910. Hamilton Schulyer, the eminent priest-historian of St. Michael's Episcopal church says it was intended to serve the largely Polish Catholic population of that section of town.