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Presbyterian Church of Mays Landing
Mays Landing, Atlantic County

There are relatively few churches in the state with a full Greek Revival portico, and this is a very interesting example. It was designed by an important Philadelphia architect, Thomas Ustick Walter. Philadelphia was one of the first cities to adopt the Greek Revival style for public buildings, and Watson designed several of them.
      The colums are much smaller in diameter, and too far apart to represent an authentic Greek Revival plan, and the pediment and cornice are not as well-proportioned as later churches with a full Greek portico, such as the Congregational church in Chester, but this is a fine design nevertheless. The entrance here is actually on the second floor, and two staircases head off the sides of the porch, a feature unknown elsewhere in the state.

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