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The Presbyterian Church of Westfield
Westfield, Union County

The congregation was founded in 1730, and this classic building was erected in 1862. It quickly became a model for more than a dozen churches in central Jersey.
      The tower and steeple are aligned with the center of the nave, preserving the symmetry of the front elevation. The shallow pitch to the roof is characteristic of the Greek Revival, and there is a strong Greek pediment, interrupted by the tower, which is marked by an elongated window with a round, rather than pointed (Gothic) arch. The central window is mirrored in two side windows of the same shape flanking the tower, which has a Tuscan arch just below the base of the belfry section. There are three front entrances, with the principal entrance being through the tower. None of these elements are unique, but the particular combination was, apparently, thought to be so appropriate that the design will be echoed, almost intact, in fourteen central Jersey churches as late as 1878. (See Liberty Corner Presbyterian, High Bridge Methodist, Pottersville Reformed, for examples)
      It is on the National Register.




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