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Reformed Hungarian Church

Trenton, Mercer County
Beatty Street & Home Avenue
founded 1894, built 1898

Reformed hungarianThis late brick building is an early Gothic form that could easily date to the first instead of the last decades of the nineteenth century. The steeply-pitched roof, lancet windows, the very pointed "witches hat" steeple, and the small apse at the rear are all elements of the early Gothic. The building was "reconstructed" in 1917, but the nature and extent of that remodeling is unknown to me.

By the late-nineteenth century there was a substantial Hungarian population in the city; a Reformed church congregation had earlier purchased a previous German church on Adeline Street, and there was a Hungarian Baptist church with a chapel on Roebling Street. The original name of the church, taken from the cornerstone, was Magyar Reformatus Templon.