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Reformed Church of Pompton Plains
Pompton Plains, Morris County

This graceful Wren-Gibbs style church was erected in 1771. The round arch windows, quoins, and multi-stage tower-belfry-lantern-spire are characteristic of New Jersey churches derived probably from Christopher Wren's St James Picadilly by way of Boston's Old North church.
     The congregation was organized in 1737, probably by people moving west from Bergen and Passaic counties, and the church is certainly quite similar to several of the Reformed churches in Bergen built about the same time.
     The church was renovated in 1814 and 1871. It suffered a devastating fire in 1938, in which only the brick walls were left standing. The congregation determined to rebuild in the eighteenth century style, and engaged architect Hobart Upjohn, grandson of Robert Upjohn for the work.




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