Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

St. Joseph's Polish Catholic Church

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $19,312 (2001); $454,355 (2002)
Grant Recipient: Diocese of Camden
County: Camden
Municipality: Camden

St. Joseph's Catholic Church is an outstanding example of Neoclassical ecclesiastical architecture designed by the Philadelphia architect, George I. Lovatt. The church was built in New Hampshire granite in 1913 for the Polish community in South Camden. Interior walls, moldings and columns in the church are covered by decorative faux finishes and polychromatic stencils and painting. The church, which remains the meeting place of Camden County's Polish ethnic community, is a prominent landmark in its Southern Camden neighborhood.

The 2002 grant aided the exterior restoration of the church and helped prevent further deterioration and loss of critical architectural elements. Work included repairs to the copper cupolas and cornices, structural repairs, masonry restoration, and exterior wood repairs.

The 2001 Trust grant helped fund a preservation plan and preparation of a National Register nomination. The preservation plan was used to guide repair and restoration work.

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