Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

First Presbyterian Church of Oceanic (First Presbyterian Church of Rumson)

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Grant Award: $15,274 (2004); $83,333 (2006)
Grant Recipient: First Presbyterian Church
County: Monmouth
Municipality: Rumson

Constructed in 1886, the asymmetrical Shingle-style church is likely the first commission of American architects Hastings and Carrere, designers of the NY Public Library and Senate Office Buildings in Washington. The whimsical exterior includes a hipped roof porte-cochere, an octagonal tower over the sanctuary capped by dormers, a layered turret, round arched windows, and decorative shingles throughout. Unique features include fish scale shingles on the interior and three authenticated Tiffany windows.

The 2006 Trust grant helped fund exterior repair of the church. The project was guided by a preservation plan that was funded with a previous Trust grant.

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