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St. Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church
Spring Lake, Monmouth County

St. Andrews was started as a community Sunday School for Protestant families in 1880, and the congregation was formally organized as a church in 1887. That same year they erected this shingled frame building. The builder was Herman Reichwein. In an 1888 postcard it has a porte-cochere. The building is unconventional, with its long nave and row of clerestory windows poking through the steeply-pitched roof. The bell tower, with its crenelations and blind window was a 1911 addition. An additional entry is
through a vestibule attached to the nave, which was the location of the porte-cochere. The building without the bell tower is remarkably similar to All Saints [Episcopal] church in Lakewood, built in 1884. Ellis published his History two years before this was built, but he notes (799-802) two Methodist churches, including an Independent Protestant Methodist congregation formed in 1842, which later merged with the main Methodist congregation in town.





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