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  early churches of New Jersey

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First Methodist Episcopal Church


New Providence, Union County
Springfield Avenue
founded 1803, built 1856

New Providence

The Greek Revival plan and elements are somewhat overpowered by the massive tower, which is not part of the Greek Revival grammar. But the shallow-pitched roof, carefully-delineated pediment and symmetrical plan are the key elements. The round arch windows and the simple tracery in the large window in the tower mark this as a vernacular building, with the builder borrowing one element from one historical period and another from an entirely different style. No matter. It exhibits a growing awareness that architectural style was important, and adherence to strict rules and proportions was not essential.
     It's a fine building and very well maintained—a credit to the congregation.