Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

First Unitarian Society of Plainfield

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Grant Award: $41,033 (2006); $446,369 (2008)
Grant Recipient: First Unitarian Society of Plainfield
County: Union
Municipality: Plainfield

All Souls Church was designed in 1892 by Oscar Schutte Teale, a prominent church architect and amateur magician. The parish hall was added in 1925 followed by the educational wing in 1958. The three buildings are connected and share a common garden and parking area away from the urban street. The complex suffers from water infiltration, roof failure on the parish hall and deterioration of masonry mortar joints. The property is used daily by the church and frequently for community meetings and performances.

The 2008 Trust grant will help fund urgent work identified in the preservation plan, which was funded in part with a 2006 Trust grant. The work included masonry stabilization and repair, wood restoration and repair, roof restoration, and corrections to water infiltration problems.

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