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Baptist Church of Shrewsbury
Baptist church is one of the outstanding architectural buildings
in the county. The elements are well-proportioned, and the
brickwork and other detailing on this stylish Romanesque church
in Red Bank is exceptional. It features the oversized arches, multiple
windows and polychrome treatment characteristic of the Romanesque
Revival. There is a polygonal structure on the left side
of the building, probably a library or parlor, although it is
now used as a nursery. As one would suspect, the seating is amphitheater-style,
with small aisles between the curved pews
radiating from the center stage. The architect was New York-based
William Tuthill who also designed Carnegie Hall using the
same red brick materials. Tuthill was an expert on acoustics, and
was associated with the very
influential firms of Richard Morris Hunt and Adler & Sullivan in
work on Carnegie Hall. He was also a cellist, a friend of Andrew Carnegie,
and a director of the Music Hall organization that, with Carnegie
himself, owned Carnegie Hall.
church is now named the First Baptist Church of Red Bank.