Designated: March 19, 1968
This simple, mid-nineteenth-century Federal-style church was named after Bishop Francis Asbury, a Methodist preacher who first came to Staten Island in 1771. The first Asbury Methodist Church, then called the North End Church, was constructed in 1802 near the site of the present building. The present building was constructed in 1850, and the earliest gravestones in the cemetery date from 1813.
*This structure is rectangular in plan. A square tower, projecting forward from the front wall, contains a dignified entranceway, consisting of plain, double doors with fan light above, eet in a round arch. There are also three tall, round-arched windows in the front elevation, one centered above the door and one in each flanking wall. The tower and the two flanking walls were com- pletely rebuilt in 18?8. The bonded side walls date from 1849 and contain foursquare-headed windows with plain lintels and sills. A wide fascia-board and cornice adorn the building at roof level. The tower supports a box-like belfry with angular side openings containing a single bell.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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