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Methodist Episcopal Church, Mantua, NJ

June 11, 2017

Why don’t I think of New Jersey as a hotbed of Methodism? Mantua’s UMC was established during the 19th century but its current facility was constructed during 1907-1908 and enlarged in the early 1970s. But as a new building in 1908, its main floor “…served as both worship and Sunday school areas. Later, the basement was finished and became Sunday school area and social room a few years later. Which suggests a possible combination plan scheme. The wing to the left of the entrance tower has been extended about twenty feet forward.

Squinting at the Mantua church, I was reminded of the roughly contemporary building in Glen Ridge: the proportions and massing are similar, though the window groupings are not.

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