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Saint Paul's Church
Rahway, Union County
Saint Paul's is a geman early Gothic building style, but one
of the last of the Wren-Gibbs style churches built by Episcopalians
style of the fourteenth century as the only acceptable design. It was
built in 1843 by a congregation was organized in 1835. This building
has more in common with Reformed churches in Bergen County built
years earlier than it has with Episcopal churches built a few miles
away ten years later. Note the square tower which projects completely
in front of the building and the unusually large Gothic arch windows.
It is clear that architects and builders were trying to make use of
the Gothic idiom but were not yet tied to archeologically-correct models
from Europe. Episcopal Bishop Doane was to change all that by 1846
when he insisted that the best (read only) model for an Episcopal
church was one based on fourteenth century English parish churches—in
words, what we now call Gothic Revival.