An insight by Charlie Spector
You don’t really notice it at first.
Whether you’re heading directly from Newark Broad Station or walking over from Audible’s main headquarters at 1 Washington Street, Audible’s brand new Innovation Cathedral doesn’t appear to stand out amidst the rise of new and renovated buildings clustered in Downtown Newark.
That is, until you see it up close for the first time.
Originally opened in 1933 for a congregation that had been active since 1811, the Second Presbyterian Church sat on the corner of James and Washington in the heart of Newark. Second Presbyterian operated the property until it shuttered in 1983. After brief stints for other industries, it became vacant in 1995 and remained vacant for over 20 years.