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    Union County

These are the churches that have been documented and are included in the photographic inventory. The list is complete as far as I know. For more information, see Towers, Gables and Terracotta Tiles (Wooden Nail Press, 2013)

Municipality Church Sect Fnd Built Style
Cranford First Presbyterian Pres
1851
1893
shingle
Cranford First Baptist Bapt 1887 1897 vernacular
Cranford Trinity Episcopal Epis 1872 1875 Carpenter Gothic
Elizabeth Central Baptist Bapt
1877
1899
Gothic Revival
Elizabeth East Baptist Bapt
1880
1882
vernacular
Elizabeth First Baptist Bapt
1843
1870
Romanesque Revival
Elizabeth First Presbyterian Pres
1664
1789
Wren-Gibbs
Elizabeth Second Presbyterian Pres
1820
1821
Meetinghouse
Elizabeth Third Presbyterian Pres
1850
1855
Wren-Gibbs
Elizabeth [Good Shephard Union] non-D
1900
1900
vernacular
Elizabeth Grace Episcopal Epis
1890
vernacular
Elizabeth Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Cath
1881
1889
vernacular
Elizabeth Madison Avenue Presbyterian Pres
1873
1873
Stick
Elizabeth Sacred Heart/Our Lady of Fatima Cath
1852
1890
Gothic Revival
Elizabeth Park Methodist ME
1875
1878
 
Elizabeth Saint Elizabeth's Church Epis
1859
1869
Gothic Revival
Elizabeth Broad Street Bapt/St James Methodist ME
1876
1877
Romanesque
Elizabeth Saint John's Church Epis
1706
1860
Gothic Revival
Elizabeth Saint Mary of the Assumption Cath
1845
1851
Gothic revival
Elizabeth Saint Patrick's Cath
1858
1887
Gothic Revival
Elizabeth Mission Gospel chapel ChSci
1900
1902
vernacular
New Providence First Presbyterian Pres
1739
1834
meetinghouse
New Providence Saint Luke's Church Epis
1890
1891
traditional
New Providence First Methodist ME 1803 1856 Greek Revival
Plainfield Bethel Presbyterian Mission Pres
1884
1887
vernacular
Plainfield Plainfield Meeting Quak
1723
1788
meetinghouse
Plainfield Grace Episcopal Epis
1853
1892
Gothic Revival
Plainfield Seventh Day Baptist (present church) Bapt
1838
1890
eclectic
Plainfield Seventh Day Baptist (2nd church) Bapt
1838
1866
Italianate
Plainfield
Unit
  1889
1891
eclectic
Plainfield Saint Mary's Cath
1851
1875
Gothic Revival
Rahway First Presbyterian Pres
c1741
1831
Wren-Gibbs
Rahway St Mary's Roman Catholic RC 1851 1888 Gothic
Rahway Second Presbyterian Pres 1849 1850s Romanesque
Rahway First Methodist Episcopal ME 1798 1856 Greek Revival
Rahway Trinity Methodist Episcopal ME 1849 1892 eclectic
Rahway Saint Mark's German Catholic Cath
1871
1885
Gothic Revival
Rahway Saint Paul's Church Epis
1835
1843
early Gothic revival
Roselle First Presbyterian Pres 1868 1891 Stick
Scotch Plains Scotch Plains Baptist (2nd church) Bapt 1817 1817 meetinghouse
Scotch Plains Scotch Plains Baptist (present church) Bapt 1817 1870 Stick
Scotch Plains All Saints Epis 1874 1882 Gothic
Scotch Plains Willow Grove chapel non-D 1829 1887 vernacular
Springfield First Presbyterian Pres
1737
1791
meetinghouse
Springfield Emmanuel Methodist ME
1827
1838**
meetinghouse
Summit St Teresa of Avila RC 1862 1886 vernacular
Summit Calvary Episcopal chapel Epis 1854 1894 eclectic
Summit Calvary Episcopal (present church) Epis 1854 1896 Gothic
Summit Summit Methodist Episcopal ME 1833 1889 Gothic
Summit First New Baptist/Christ Church Bapt 1876 1902 Gothic
Union Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Pres
1730
1789
meetinghouse
Watchung Reservation Feltville chapel non-D 1845 1845 vernacular
Westfield First Presbyterian Pres
1728
1862
Wren-Gibbs

 



Some explanation is needed. Churches in boldface are either listed on the National Register or are otherwise of special interest. If the name of the church is in brackets [ ] I am in doubt as to the founding congregation. The Sect is the original religious denomination when the church was built. Fields left blank are those for which I have no solid information.

 

 

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