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A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Jersey City's Van Vorst Park Historic District
A Walking Tour of Architectural Styles
7. 48-50 Mercer Street

By Herbert J. Githens

DIRECTION: Continue south along Grove Street. Notice the cornices on 297 and 295 Grove. Turn right (west) on Mercer Street. Walk on the right side of the street.

These are similar side-by-side townhouses three bays wide and three stories high over a basement. The ironwork is particularly fine here. Notice the flower motif on the sidewalk fence at 48 Mercer. This is an anthemion flower used frequently in Greek Revival architecture. The basket newel post has balled finials at its center. Boot scrapers complete this arrangement. Both houses have recessed entrances with sidelights and transoms. The enframement treatment is very delicate. Simple horizontal drip molds cap the lintels over the window openings at 50 Mercer.

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