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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
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.