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Avon-by-the-Sea, Monmouth County
is a resort community of less than a half square mile, with
wide streets leading to the sea. It was cut out of Neptune Township
in 1900 when it acquired its present name; it was originally
called Key East when its streets were laid out in 1879. The
town was patterned after Ocean Grove, and Baptist and Episcopal organizations
were active here. Provision was apparently made for several churches, as there is one every other block.
This small Gothic-style church is now stuccoed, but the construction
is brick. The tower is the dominant feature, but the repeated
Gothic arch over the windows, the entrance and the openings
in the belfry give it a distinctive character. Curiously, the
original church had a large round window where the choir window is now, and the other windows and door surrounds were
also round. That renovation, completed in the 1940s I believe, also
removed the pyramid roof of the tower and changed the openings in the
belfry. The modest buttresses are not likely needed for structural reasons;
they are a convention of Gothic style. The church was renamed
the Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in 1927 in honor of a former minister.