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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.