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St. John's Church
Boonton, Morris County

   

The board-and-batten style is a strong clue that this is an Episcopal church, as that denomination seems to have a marked preference for the style in the 1850s and 60s. It was also a common style/construction of architect Richard Upjohn, who used the same open frame belfry tower for a notable church in Wisconsin. The siding is now aluminum, but the best I've seen; when it was built in 1863, it would have been wood, of course. The open tower/belfry is not unique, but few have survived.
     The architect was Robert Upjohn, the son and partner of Richard Upjohn, and it draws strongly from some of the father's designs.

 

 

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