St. Teresa’s

St. Teresa's of Avila

St. Teresa’s Church was established in 1862, on or near its current site. (Click here for the Google Street View of the site!) The landowners sold the property to the church for a mere $600… provided the new church’s ediface would be constructed of stone. (Apparently they had a thing for stone churches, I dunno. Also: this information pertains to the building depicted BELOW, not the flared-out photo above.)

It was the second church building in Summit (after the Episcopal one)!

The original St. Teresa's! Photo from sometime before 1929.

In 1886, they decided they’d rather have a wooden church, so they built one, and used this stone one as its sacristy.

In 1923, they moved the wooden church across the street and built this modern building in the top photo from granite stones rescued from a Montclair church as it was being demolished. (Montclair is maybe a half-hour drive from Summit.) The new church was finished and dedicated in 1926.

What they DON’T mention in the history books is how impressive this structure really is in person. I was photographing the little memorial hall across the street (aka: the old wooden church, which they’ve apparently renovated so it no longer looks old), I turned around, and I was almost blown away by this freaking cathedral behind me. Oy.


Vintage photo and information from:

The Summit Historical Society. (1978). Glimpses into Summit’s past: A selection of photographs and texts tracing the city’s growth. Benway, Maxwell & Smith: Chatham, NJ.


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