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Saint Peter's [Episcopal] Church
Freehold, Monmouth County

The steeple of the church had been removed for repairs when I first visited the church, but it's been beautifully restored. Although the church has been modified several times in its long existence, there are enough details to fascinate the architectural historian. The church was designed by Robert Smith, who did the plans for Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, as well as Christ Church in Shrewsbury, and was erected in 1771.
It was been much altered, inside and out, in 1838, so has lost some of its early colonial look, but the construction and renovation history is virtually a case study in the impact of church liturgy on architectural design.

National Register.




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