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A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Jersey City's Van Vorst Park Historic District
A Walking Tour of Architectural Styles
15. 256-258 Montgomery Street

By Herbert J. Githens

DIRECTION: Just west of 254 Montgomery Street are two similar townhouses – at 256-258 Montgomery Street.

These two matching Romanesque Revival-Chicago School townhouses date to after 1887. The "L"-shaped stoop is unusual. The stonework is rock-faced at the basement level, with a fine semicircular arch over the under-stoop entrance. Smooth sandstone veneer is used on the main level, with flat arched openings. On the upper levels long "Roman" brick in a cream color is used. The openings here are enframed with beautiful terra cotta surrounds, and the semicircular arched windows have sunburst spandrel panels. The terra cotta frieze is particularly notable. Two faces overlook Van Vorst Park.

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