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Saint John's Episcopal Church
Little Silver, Monmouth County

Saint John’s is an interesting small chapel, almost square but with an extension in the front for an entry and to the rear for a chancel. The steeply-pitched hipped roof and small steeple harkens back to the very earliest churches in the state, which often had a similar profile over their square or octagonal meeting room. The style is a combination of Stick and board-and-batten, and the battens are unusual in that there is a bead on them—an extra stylish touch. The Stick-style open brackets suggest the open timberwork of Episcopal architecture, but the triple windows on the sides are borrowed from the Romanesque. The architect was Joseph Sidman of New York City, a frequent visitor to Little Silver and friend of one of the members. The original color shades of yellow, with brown trim, and the interior had blue walls with gold-stenciled trim above dark red wainscotting.








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