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Second Presbyterian Church
Hackettstown, Warren County
If you can ignore the Greek portico, which was added in 1838, you will
see a traditional meetinghouse church, smaller, but similar to the
church in Springfield. It was built in 1819, and replaced an earlier
church. It is one of the more authentic early meetinghouses in the
state. Having noted that, it would be an error to ignore the portico,
for it, too, has an interesting history.
fluted columns sit directly on the step, without the pedestal that is common
in Jersey adaptations of Greek Revival, but true
to the original Doric order. The entablature (the portion about the columns and
below the pediment, is also about as "authentic" as one can find. There are mutules with guttae (purely
decorative elements copied from original Greek buildings) which can be found
only on the Reformed church in Harlingen; most of the sixty-plus Greek Revival
buildings in the state omit them.
this portico was surely taken directly from Asher Benjamin's builder's guide.
the February 2004
on builder's guides for a closer look at the entablature.
congregation was organized in 1763.