authoritative source on
early churches of New Jersey
We've created a database and photographic inventory on more than half
the 18th & 19th century churches in the state and add to it each month.
We welcome and solicit all contributions and suggestions from our visitors.
to use this site
Respond to readers' queries
Consult the database
Annotate the database
Upload a photo
Suggest a church for inclusion
List of churches, by county
Links to related sites
Cape Island Baptist Church
Cape May, Cape May County
Built in 1879, this delightful church, now the Franklin Street Methodist
church, seems almost playful in its use of surface detail and texture.
common in the Methodist church, but with the tower set along side the
front elevation. The verticality of the false buttresses is offset
the strong horizontal emphasis of the siding. And then there are the
round windows set just above the paired gothic windows, and the multiple
layers of the window and door surrounds, and the scrollwork above the
pediment of the door, and . . . . I imagine the carpenters had a great
time constructing this church, seeing who could add more decoration.
The architect was C.H. Brown. Measured
drawings were done in the 1930s by the Historic American Buildings
Survey (HABS). The spire was removed after a serious storm early in
the 20th century.