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St 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.




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