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The Warren Churchscape:
religious architecture in 18th & 19th century Warren County, New Jersey

by Frank L. Greenagel

269 pages, 170+ b&w illustrations, tables, glossary, appendices, bibliography, index
8 x 10 in., paperback, list price: $27.50
ISBN-13:   978-1438205083   Publication date: May 2008

The Warren Churchscape is a richly illustrated guide to all sixty-nine of the eighteenth and nineteenth century churches and meetinghouses still standing in Warren County. Frank Greenagel, the leading authority on the state's religious architecture, author of The New Jersey Churchscape and four other volumes on the old churches of New Jersey, explores and explains the history of Warren's religious buildings, from the earliest religious structure—a beautifully-restored stone Quaker meetinghouse on Scott's Mountain erected in 1753, to the stylish Episcopal church—St. Mary's—on the green in Belvidere erected in 1900.

The book includes an outline of architectural styles, a brief account of the religious denominations operating in the state during the early centuries, a glossary of architectural terms, an extensive bibliography, and index. A separate section looks at 10 of the old churches of Easton and Riegelsville that served early Warren residents, along with a fascinating account of the early 19th century Thatcher church which lies in ruins near Broadway.

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. He lives in an early nineteenth century building recently names to the National Register of Historic Places.

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