I finally got to visit this church this past July 4th. I first found out about Alpine Community Church when I read this article back in December. Despite the controversy, I fell in love with the architecture; I have never seen anything like that before!
According to the church website, the congregation was founded in the 1840s and the church was built in 1871, with J.Cleaveland Cady as the architect. If you’re wondering why his name sounds so familiar, oh its only because he was one of the architects that designed the original Metropolitan Opera House and maybe, perhaps, maybe you may have heard of the American Museum of Natural History.
It also has the nickname of “The Christmas Church” because German-born American cartoonist, Thomas Nast (known for his Boss Tweed comics and the creator of the classic Santa Claus cartoon) visited the church and drew Christmas cards with the church in the background. (Side note: you can see a large collection of Nast’s work in Morristown. I had gone in high school for a.m.German class. I wonder if any of his Christmas cards are there?)
Services are still held in this church every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.