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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,
It is on the National Register.