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First Methodist Episcopal Church
Mendham, Morris County


An interesting adaptation of the Romanesque style shows through the more recent renovation. The architect was Wilbur Knowles, of Paterson and New York—a name that is otherwise unknown (to me) in the state’s religious architecture. The building shares some characteristics, including a great round appendage on the left, with the Reformed church in Bedminsternot very far away, but except for the tower, has more in common with an upscale shingle-style villa than a church.
     The building sits on the same site as the original Methodist church, erected in 1833, which was sold to the municipality in 1892 and moved a few blocks away.




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