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First Presbyterian Church
Hackettstown, Warren County

This is the third church erected by this congregation, which was organized in 1763. The second church sits across the street and was sold when this was built in 1860 (although one source says it continued to be used as the congregation's meeting hall).
     The church seems like it wants to be a Gothic structure with its buttresses and almost pointed arch windows, but the plan is a basic Wren-Gibbs design, with a tower projecting in front of a symmetrical façade. The shallow pitch to the roof is closer to Greek Revival than to the Gothic, but the steeple is a nice bit of Gothic design. It appears that the builder borrowed elements from several building traditions when constructing this.




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