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St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church

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1894, Patrick Keely. Rector and Cresson sts.

Manayunk is dominated by two great spired churches, the larger at the south end of the worker village by New York architect of Catholic churches Patrick Keely. It is a gigantic pile overlaid with Gothic detail that looms over the mills and row houses of the industrial village and contests with the mill owners’ deep brownstone, A. W. N. Pugin–inspired Episcopal church of St. Stephen's. Designed by Emlen T. Littell in 1881, it stands on Terrace Street near Hermit Street. Alterations by Robeson Perot in 1899 and a vestry by Amos W. Barnes in 1899 mark the shift from elite to industrial architects.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 124-124.

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