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Location DB > United States > New Jersey > Newark > The St. Peter's / Queen of Angels Church
The St. Peter's / Queen of Angels Church
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created by EsseXploreR on 5/15/2016 11:58 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/22/2016 4:41 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Large, beautiful church in one of Newarks most notoriously dangerous neighborhoods.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Newark, New Jersey
United States
Owner: Archdiocese of Newark
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Junkies, flying bullets, syringes all over the floor, typical high crime area
  •  Interesting Features
    Mostly original interior, with a rich & well documented history.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Junkies & crackheads abound
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1861
    Closed: 2012
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    Built in the 1860's for German Roman Catholics, the building was later home to the first all-black congregation in Newark. During the 1960's, Martin Luther King Jr. used the church as a meeting place for his civil rights group. The QoA congregation left the building as mounting maintenance costs proved prohibitive. Despite being listed on the local and National Register of Historic Places, the archdiocese applied for a demolition permit. A clerical oversight led to the permit being approved, and a hasty demolition beginning. It was halted once the historic nature of the building came to light, but so much damage was already done it was completely razed in 2016.
     Media Coverage
    After initial demolition began:

    Article about the oversight at the permit office.

    Article about the city agreeing that the historic building was already too far damaged, and must be demolished.
     Future Plans
    In this neighborhood? It will either stay a dirt lot of become section 8 housing.

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    My second trip
    Sun, May 15th, 2016
    posted by EsseXploreR
    9 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/22/2016 4:42 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 22 16 at 4:42, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 22 16 at 4:41, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name
  • on May 20 16 at 22:24, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on May 15 16 at 12:27, EsseXploreR made this location available
  • on May 15 16 at 12:27, EsseXploreR updated gallery My second trip
  • on May 15 16 at 12:27, EsseXploreR added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 15 16 at 12:23, EsseXploreR updated gallery My second trip
  • on May 15 16 at 12:21, EsseXploreR created a new gallery
  • on May 15 16 at 12:16, EsseXploreR updated the main picture
  • on May 15 16 at 12:15, EsseXploreR changed the following: Notes for Mods, Owner, Type, City, Province / State (please use full name), Country, Publically Viewable, History, Year Built, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
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