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First Presbyterian church
Madison, Morris County


Founded in 1747, the Presbyterian congregation in Madison is one of the half-dozen oldest congregations in Morris county, all but two of which are Presbyterian; there are contemporaneous Quaker and Reformed congregations in Randolph and Pompton Plains, respectively.
     This Romanesque building with a cruciform plan, known as the Webb Memorial Church, was erected in 1887. The rusticated stone and squat squarish tower might be found on a Gothic building, but the oversized arches and the round chapel to the right of the entrance is clearly Romanesque. The plan takes the form of a Greek cross, a most unusual arrangement in this state. The architect was J. Cleveland Cady , who designed many churches and even a railroad station in Bergen County, generally in a Romanesque Revival style that owes much to Henry Hobson Richardson. Cady also designed the two Presbyterian churches in Morristown. The building is still in use although the congregation erected a much larger church next door sometime in the 1950s.




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