Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Christ Episcopal Church, Riverton

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $25,875 (2009)
Grant Recipient: Christ Church, Riverton
County: Burlington
Municipality: Riverton

The campus consists of three buildings, an 1884 church, earlier rectory and later parish house, all designs attributed to John Fraser and his son, Archibald.  Born in Scotland, Fraser established his practice in Philadelphia with partners Furness and Hewitt, but lived in Riverton and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

The church features a massive bell tower, tracery and terra cotta decorations.  The Shingle/Gothic style parish house originally functioned as a community center, housing a library, gymnasium, theater and bowling alley that were all used by Riverton residents.

The grant helped fund the preparation of a preservation plan that assessed the conditions of the historic buildings and made recommendations for future repairs and improvements.  In particular, the plan examined accessibility options for the parish house to increase its use by the congregation and community.

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