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First Reformed Church of Boonton
Boonton, Morris County

   

"But 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 an early meetinghouse, and later renovations added the other elements.

 

 

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