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Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church
Keyport, Monmouth County

Architecturally, this is a mish-mash—an 1856 Greek Revival building to which has been grafted a Norman tower with Romanesque windows; moreover, the original front entrance has been downgraded, and the original tall rectangular windows have been replaced by Gothic arch windows. Nevertheless, I find the building fascinating. The tower was added in 1902, but there is no indication when the front was modified with the Gothic elements. The main building is solidly in the style of the George Street meetinghouse of Philadelphia, from which so many of the Methodist churches of the 1850s have taken their plans. The building reflects not only changing American preferences in architecture, but also the generally unsophisticated taste and understanding of the great majority of the population of this or any other state.




Copyright (c) 2006 Frank L. Greenagel