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James Methodist Church Annex
Elizabeth, Union County
St James was organized long after the first Methodist
services were held in the city by Bishop Asbury in 1785, but regular
services were being held in private homes by 1838. A temporary building
called the Tabernacle was erected, then a brick building on Elizabeth
Avenue and Morrell Street, but it was not until 1877 that St. James
was formed by portions of St. Pauls and the Elizabeth Avenue Society.
The church itself was erected in 1867, according to The City of Elizabeth
Illustrated, an 1880s publication, (note that is 10 years before the
congregation was organized). This annex was built in the late 1880s I
believe. It is a bold and unusual design, quite unlike other religious
structure of the period.