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Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
Hackettstown, Warren County

Trinity is a lovely red brick church, typical of upscale late 19th century churches in smaller towns. The large arches with rounded tops mark it as within the Romanesque tradition, as does the contrasting color trim. The tower looks similar to those that graced many a midwestern city hall just before the turn of the century. Trinity was organized in 1832 and this building was erected in 1888.
     The architect was Oscar S. Teale of Plainfield and the building includes an exceptional amphitheatre (the sanctuary) and an Akron Plan auditorium that was undoubtedly design as a Sunday School.
     The congregation's original church, erected in 1832 still exists, although is it now used as a two family duplex.
     The father of Stephen Crane, author of the Red Badge of Courage, was once the minister here.




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