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Central Methodist Episcopal Church
Bridgeton, Cumberland County

Organized in 1864, the congregation acquired an odd-shaped site at East Commerce and Bank streets in 1865 and the following year built a brick chapel on the rear portion of the lot (it still survives). In 1889 architects Hazelhurt & Huckel of Philadelphia were engaged and created a sort-of-Gothic basilica with transept, towers, buttresses and other doo-dads—an unusual but interesting combination. The building is too squat and broad to be considered really Gothic in style, but the asymmetrical design gives it its Victorian Gothic "feel."




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