Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Christian Union Congregational Church

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Grant Award: $750,000 (2010)
Grant Recipient: Union Congregational Church
County: Essex
Municipality: Montclair

The Union Congregational Church was constructed in two building campaigns, the Sanctuary in 1899 following designs of the architectural firm of Cady, Berg & See and inspired by a sketch of a chapel in Surrey England, and an east wing in 1911 by the Philadelphia architectural firm of Price and McLanahan. Both stone buildings are in the Norman-Romanesque style.  The church burned in 1975 but was restored to match the original interior truss work.  

The congregation hosts a variety of community programs, including the 100-year continous sponsorship of a local scout troop, an after school program for middle-school students, a tutoring endeavor with a Newark school, a program for the temporary homeless, and the church-sponsored preschool.

The Trust grant helped fund masonry restoration of the building, guided by a condition assessment, probes, and investigations.

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