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Second Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth, Union County
There is a hidden treasure behind this exceptional early church, built
in 1821, and founded when the congregation of the First Presbyterian
Church, two blocks away, outgrew its building. The church itself is
an exceptional example
of the classic meetinghouse, a style which endured from pre-Revolutionary
times well into the early decades of the 19th century. The building
is quite similar to the Presbyterian churches in Springfield, Connecticut
Farms and to the Reformed churches in Millstone and Blawenburg.
the 1890s, an Akron plan auditorium was erected at the rear. It has three tiers
classrooms opening on to an amphitheater, and the woodwork and glasswork
astonished me when I first saw it. I subsequently learned it
has been designed by Oscar Teale, who did a similar plan for the Seventh
Day Baptist church in Plainfield, and for a church on State Island.