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St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Mendham, Morris County

   

The steep pitch to the roof, the well-articulated entry porch, and the board-and-batten style of this fine small church are clues that it was built by an Episcopal congregation, which, indeed, it was. It was erected in 1886 by and for the wealthy mercantile class that established summer homes from Madison through Morristown to Mendham when railroad service made the commute from New York convenient.
     According to one source, its design came from the same plans used for a church in Hudson county erected 50 years earlier, but we may be permitted some skepticism with respect to that claim, for neither the Gothic Revival style nor the board-and-batten adaptation of it were in vogue in the 1830s in this state. Certainly there is much of Richard Upjohn’s manner here, and there are several of his designs from the 1850s that were widely disseminated and adapted well into the 1880s, particularly by Episcopal congregations. This congregation, by the way, was organized in 1872.


 

 

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