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First Presbyterian Church
Bloomfield, Essex County

Originally called the Third Presbyterian Church of Newark, it became known as the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church after a local Revolutionary War hero. The town was later named after him as well.
      This building was started in 1796 but was not completed until 1819. There were additions in 1853 and 1883, but mainly the exterior appears much as it did in the early nineteenth century. Samuel Ward is listed as the architect, and it is obvious he paid close attention to St Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church in New York City, which had been erected in 1766 and was then generally regarded as the leading example of high Georgian architecture in the country..
      The congregation was organized in 17__ and the church is listed on the National Register.




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