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Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church
Memorial Methodist Church now occupies half a city block
opposite the Post Office in Long Branch Village. There are actually
two churches in the photo on the right; the near building is
the newer church and the farther gable marks the original 1881
That old wooden-frame church was moved from the corner
in 1899 to make space for the new church erected in that year.
The scale and mass of the original church
is approximately as it was, but the brick façade is
new, made to conform to that of the new church. There was
certainly an entrance on this side before the new construction.
There is a connecting link between the two buildings, and
but for the siding that can be seen on the left side of the
original church, one would be hard pressed to identify it as an
older structure. After 1899 this building was used for Sunday School
and other classrooms. The entire structure has been painted
a deep red, with pale yellow trim and is nicely maintained by
its present occupants, the Long Branch Church of God. The new church
lacks the tall steeple it once had—a common fate of many spires
and steeples in the state. The projecting gables and the recessions
between the towers and the central gable are sophisticated elements
not often seen on city churches.
The dimensions of the new church are
60 x 60 and the church seats 500. The older one was (is)
used for Sunday School and other classrooms. I suspect
the design for the new church was based on
plans offered by the Methodist Church, which placed emphasis during this period on building larger and grander than previously.