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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.




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