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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 in 1883, probably as a mission/chapel of the Westminster 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 arrange-ment that emphazes gables and 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 Sabado Dia, but the wooden frame building hardly differs, except in color, from a photograph taken more than a hundred years ago.




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