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Trinity Methodist Church
Millville, Cumberland County
Trinity Methodist was founded in 1837 and this substantial late Victorian
church, much in the high Methodist idiom of the era, was erected
in 1881. The white wooden tracery in the windows, the belfry and the
lighter colored stone capping the buttresses is dramatically set off
red brick building. The architect was probably Benjamin D. Price of
Philadelphia; the building is very similar to his plan #6 and #6b in
the 1906 edition of his book, Church Plans. The tower is like
those on plans #51 and #183.
By the waning decades of the nineteenth century
architects were borrowing elements from many styles, exaggerating the size of
windows and entrances, adding gables and turrets, emphasizing quoins and buttresses
with different colored stone or brick, and giving additional prominence to the
surface of the building and not just to its form and mass.
building occupies a prominent location, only three blocks from the First Methodist
church, which was erected in 1868.