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First Baptist Church, Hoboken, NJ

March 16, 2016


Formerly a Baptist church in Hoboken, this 1890 Richardsonian building now serves a Spanish-language congregation of Seventh-Day Adventists. Architects were French, Dixon & DiSaldern (with offices in Manhattan), of whom I know only what the Hoboken Museum has to say (about the Columbia Club, another building by the same firm):

French, Dixon and DeSaldern, Architects; Romanesque Revival. The Columbia Club was built in 1891 by a gentlemen’s society composed of one hundred men from Hoboken and New York City. The design, with a conical tower, rounded archways and horizontal bands, reflects the influence of Henry Hobson Richardson, whose interest in Romantic architecture sparked a style known as Richardson Romanesque (for example, the Edwin A Stevens Hall) and Romanesque Revival. The building today houses luxury condominiums. The same firm designed the First Baptist Church at 9th and Bloomfield.

Placed on the National Register in 2005, the nomination provides this sketch of the main floor, an exemplary auditorium space—though, regrettably, not an A-A plan.


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