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Trinity [Episcopal] Church
Matawan, Monmouth County
The church is now a restaurant, but its fate and modest size belies
its significance. This is an early English Gothic plan, modeled after
St James the Less in Philadelphia, by Richard Upjohn, one of the leading
architects in the country in the 1840s and 50s. The steep pitch to the
roof, the very clearly delineated chancel, the bellcote, buttresses
and low side walls as a means of encompassing the interior aisles were
among the elements Upjohn borrowed from St James the Less.
Upjohn created a number of plans for
small parishes, sometimes charging as little as $100 for a set of plans.