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Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth, Union County
Sources disagree about the date of this church at Madison and Fairmount
streets. One source says it was an outgrowth of a Sunday School organized
1883, probably as a mission/chapel of
Presbyterian church, and erected the following year. Another source
says the church was founded and erected in 1873. Judging by the architectural
style, I would say the latter date is preferable. It is a frame
building that we would call "late Victorian," characterized
by massed windows and an asymmetrical
textures. I believe it originally was shingled, for
the white exterior was a natural brown/grey with contrasting
trim that could have been red or even purple.
The demographics of the residential neighborhood
changed and the church is now the Iglesia Adventista del
hardly differs, except in color,
from a photograph taken more than a hundred years ago.