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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
it as within the Romanesque tradition, as does the contrasting
color trim. The tower looks similar to those that graced many a midwestern
hall just before the turn of the century. Trinity was organized in
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
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.