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Third Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth, Union County

Although this large brick church sits next to City Hall, it is obscured by trees in front and is easy to miss. Teachers at Jefferson School across the street were not even aware of its presence!
     When the First Presbyterian congregation outgrew its building, they formed another a couple of blocks away. Presumably the same thing happened in 1850, when this congregation was organized. The building, kittycorner from the Second Presbyterian church, was erected in 1855, in a traditional style that draws on the Romanesque for many of its architectural details.
     It has been home to the Elizabeth Playhouse for the last several years, and the owners continue to renovate it, although the town fathers apparently preferred to tear it down for a parking lot.




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