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Riverton in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 2, 2022
1. Christ Episcopal Church Marker
At 7:30 on the evening of December 23, 1855, a bell on the steamship "Wave" moored to the wharf at the foot of Main Street tolled to summon residents to the first church service to be held in the newly founded (1851) town of Riverton. The Episcopal service was offered in the parlor of "The White House," a summer guest house near the riverbank. Five years later in 1860, the first Episcopal church was constructed at the southwest corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue (now Broad Street). The year 1868 witnessed the construction of the parish rectory, the first building on the present site. The 1860 frame church was moved here in 1871, but by the early 1880s that structure proved to be too small for the growing congregation. The current church building was constructed in 1883-84. The parish house, built behind the church, completed the complex in 1894-95.

The two architects associated with these buildings were John Fraser (1825-1906) and his son, Archibald A. Fraser (1861-1895), both Riverton residents and members of the parish. A Scotsman by birth, John Fraser was a noted architect who practiced primarily in Philadelphia where
Christ Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 2, 2022
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he is best known for the design of the Union League building on Broad Street. He later served as the architect to the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C. Archibald Fraser, born in Riverton in 1861, joined his father's firm as a partner in 1889. His career was cut short in 1895, just after the dedication of the parish house he had designed, when a bout with pleurisy suddenly took his young life.

Each of these Fraser-designed buildings serves as an important architectural enhancement within the Riverton Historic District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is December 23, 1855.
Location. 40° 0.692′ N, 75° 0.901′ W. Marker is in Riverton, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is on Main Street just north of 4th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Main St, Riverton NJ 08077, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (here, next to this marker); Joseph Campbell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverton Free Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverton's First Drugstore (within shouting distance of this marker); F. Crosta Home & Store (within shouting distance of
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this marker); Patrolman Thomas C. Whitelock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Riverton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Look Listen and Live (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverton.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Mar. 30, 2023