All Saints’.

Calling All Saints

The All Saints’ Episcopal Church of Scotch Plains [website] was originally built in 1882. It’s had a lot of additions since then (including the parish house, portico, and entrance).

All Saints' Episcopal, Scotch Plains, 1950

I couldn’t get a nice photo like this ‘cos what was a teeny twig of a sapling in 1950 is a giant obstructive tree in 2011.

It’s a very darkly beautiful church, I think.


Bousquet, R. and Bousquet, S. (1995). Images of America: Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0738563188.

The Joint Digital Archives of Fanwood & Scotch Plains, New Jersey.(dates various). “Religious sites: All Saints’ Episcopal Church.”


3 Comments to “All Saints’.”

  1. Darkly beautiful? This is a weird little church. The outline appears very traditional, restrained, almost standard and unimaginative. Then the detailing–expensively squared-and-snecked rock-faced dark brown sandstone (local or from New Hampshire?) mixed with ridiculously cheap and ugly Harvard-brick trim (BAD CONTRAST)–is contradictory! Do you want to be elegant and worldly or cheap and modest? Make up your mind. At the detail level, the profile isn’t simple at all but entirely too fussy (or is that a good thing?). Love the carport with its own pyramidal-hipped roof. Even love the rowlock-brick accentuated arches. But then the tower becomes top-heavy as the brick trim is corbelled out into a wide cornice. Then instead of one tower roof, there’s two! One traditional pyramidal cap over some hipped slate skirting. It’s not a Mansard. It’s like the tower’s undergarments transforming these Episcopalians into peeverts every-time they look to see where the sounds of bells originate. And while we’re talking about the tower: hipped dormers? Too much. Fail.

  2. Similar double-skirting on your [ Baptist Gingerbread Scotch Plains] entry. Why did Scotch Plains think this was an acceptable design? Why? Degenerates, all of them.

  3. Genuinely no matter if someone doesn’t understand after that its up to other visitors that they will help, so here it happens.

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