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Saint John's Church
Somerville, Somerset County

This small Episcopal church, built in 1895, has all the elements prescribed by the Ecclesiology movement, but they have undergone some adaptation in the fifty years since we first see them in churches in Woodbury, Woodbridge and Trenton, for example. The credited architect was Horace Trumbauer, although he had a large practice and it is difficult to say whether his hand was on this building. His chief designer for many years (after this building, however), was a black man, Julian Abele, and no one in the firm wanted that fact known.




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