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First Reformed Church of Boonton
Boonton, Morris County
for the aluminum siding, this might have been quite an interesting building," which
is what I was thinking when I photographed this church on an overcast
day in February. It is essentially a meetinghouse
with Greek Revival (the door and corner pilasters) and Italianate elements
(the double brackets under the roof). The Greek Revival parts might
date anytime after the 1840s and the double brackets after, say, 1860.
Given the symmetry of the building itself, I concluded that it might
be as early as 1820 or 1830.
In fact, as I learned later doing the
research for this site, the building was purchased from the Presbyterian
church in Parsippany in 1868, who built it in 1835. It was clearly
early meetinghouse, and later renovations added the other elements.