Monmouth County’s preservation grant given to the Holmdel Historical Society will enable the society to continue the restoration work at the Old Saint Catharine’s Church, which was founded in 1879 and was the first Catholic Church in Holmdel.
Ownership of the Old Saint Catharine’s Church was transferred to the Holmdel Historical Society back in 1975 when the Archdiocese of Trenton sold the property for $1. At the time, there was significant deterioration and structural damage done to the church, which caused it to lean and tilt. The kinds of damage done to the property would be concomitant with any building left without proper attention, including water damage, insect damage, broken windows, major roof repairs and flooring.
The present structure does not have access to heat, electric power, or running water. It also is not connected to a sewage system.
The Holmdel Historical Society will be allowed to invest the funds as needed in order to preserve this historic structure, as well as for the purpose of preserving the actual building, which is part of Monmouth County’s rich history.
Some of the other historical grant recipients from Monmouth County include:
The Parker Homestead in Little Silver
Seven Presidents Church in Long Branch
Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove
Founders Fountain, also in Ocean Grove
Allgor-Barkalow Homestead in Wall
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