the state there are church buildings that are slowly, or not so slowly,
crumbling into ruin. Some still house an active congregation while many
have been abandoned, are up for sale or already are in use as commercial
venues. Even a few standing stone walls, unstabilized, are of interest.
Many are modest structures, but a few are pretty grand, or have an exceptional
feature or two. Are all worth saving? Perhaps not, but all are worth
preserving in memory by documenting and photographing. At the minimum,
our purpose is to document the New Jersey churchscape as it existed
in the year 2001, and to assist preservation efforts, if they exist,
in their work.
To that end, we hope that readers will
nominate churches for inclusion. We will research the church, photograph
it and post the information here. Depending upon the number of submissions
we get, we may have to select from among them, but our intent is to
be inclusivea modest frame building in Salem, now housing several
families, once served as the first Methodist Episcopal church in the
1820sthat building is as worthy of note as the grand stone Presbyterian
church, now housing a social service agency, built in the 1890s on a
corner in Newark. We do need your assistance in locating these buildings
before they disappear.
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Built before 1900? In New Jersey? Built originally
as a house of worship? Please note why you believe it is endangered.
checklist: address of church, name of church,
have you contacted the preacher?