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Calvary Baptist Mission Chapel


Trenton, Mercer County
Roebling Avenue, near South Clinton Street
founded 1874, built 1874

Calvary BaptisThis is a simple frame building, now sheathed in faux brick, that was erected as a Baptist mission in 1874. It's plan is traditional, basically identical to another Baptist mission erected that year near the border with Lawrence Township.

By 1891 the congregation had prospered and it erected a substantial stone church on the corner lot. This building was then sold to the Magyar (Hungarian) Baptist Church. When I photographed it in December 2009 it was occupied by the Church of God of Prophecy, and subsequently offered for sale.

In the 1870s sash-and-blind manufacturers were offering a variety of window treatments, including the Gothic arch windows here that a generation earlier would have been hand-made. The steam-driven manufacturing processes brought some elements of architectural style within the reach of small congregations and missions.