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Less Stately Mansions:
the 18th & 19th century churches of Hunterdon County, New Jersey

by Frank L. Greenagel

320 pages, 225+ b&w illustrations, tables, glossary, appendices, bibliography, index
8 x 10 in., paperback.  List price: $30.00
ISBN-13:   978-0-0-9818851-0-0   Publication date: July 2008
(revised edition)

“There was a time when many of the churches undoubtedly seemed more prominent—the Methodist church in Hampton overlooking the lower part of town, the Presbyterian church in Glen Gardner with its tall spire, Cherryville’s fishscale-shingled Baptist church, both the Methodist and Reformed churches in High Bridge, and the Presbyterian churches in Grandin and Milford come to mind. But the maturing of trees and the filling in of adjacent property with residential and commercial buildings have reduced the relative scale, so it is not easy to imagine the dominance that some churches once exerted on their immediate neighborhoods. They would be the exception in any case; most of Hunterdon’s churches are more modest in scale, reflecting the modest circumstances and social aspirations of their members.”
                                                                                                                            —from the book

This book was given the coveted Donald B. Jones Planning & Design Award in 2000
by the Hunterdon County Planning Board

Phillipsburg resident Frank Greenagel is an established local and regional historian and photographer. He focuses on the religious architecture and the associated cultural and economic history, and lectures frequently on those subjects. He is the author of several books and articles on the state's religious architecture, notably The New Jersey Churchscape (Rutgers University Press, 2000), Historic Churches of Somerset County (The History Press, 2006) and Historic Churches of Sussex County (2008). He has photographed more than 1,250 old churches, meetinghouses and synagogues in New Jersey, and expects (eventually) to complete books on the religious architecture of all 21 counties in the state. He is also the author of the article on “religious architecture” in the Encyclopedia of New Jersey, and of an extended analysis of late Methodist architecture, published in New Jersey History, the country's oldest scholarly journal dedicated to history. A former professor at the Universities of Minnesota and Colorado, Dr. Greenagel is an accomplished photographer who once studied with Ansel Adams. He uses a large format camera and shoots only in black-and-white.

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