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Dutch Reformed Church of Bergen
Jersey City, Hudson County

Founded in 1660, this is the oldest congregation in the state, although the original Reformed congregation merged with a Presbyterian congregation and the result is more Presbyterian than Reformed, I suspect. The fine Greek Revival building, the third on the site, was built in 1839. Cornerstones of the earlier churches, one of which resembles the Reformed church in Wycoff, are embedded in the front wall of the church. William H. Kirk & Company of Newark is listed as the builder, as he is on the Presbyterian church in Basking Ridge, erected about the same time as this building. By 1848 Kirk will be listed as "architect" for at least three Reformed churches in Newark. Greek Revival was a very popular style in central Jersey, but only a few churches in the state have a full portico like this.

National Register, of course.




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