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A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Jersey City's Van Vorst Park Historic District
A Walking Tour of Architectural Styles
25. 485 Jersey Avenue

By Herbert J. Githens

DIRECTION: Proceed to the intersection of Jersey Avenue and Mercer Street, stopping at the corner house.

W. Milne Grinnell designed this Queen-Anne-styled house, which was built in 1887. The facade is unbalanced, with a twisting stoop to one side, a corner turret, and a stepped gable corbelled over the walling below. The yellow brick has iron filings, giving the surface a rusty color. Turn the corner down Mercer Street and notice the change in mortar joints about two-fifths the length of the building; the house was built in two sections.

DIRECTION: We end this walking tour where we started – at the Main Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library, built in 1899 from the designs of architects Brite and Bacon. We hope you enjoyed your walk.

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