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A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Jersey City's Van Vorst Park Historic District
A Walking Tour of Architectural Styles
12. Paulmier Place

By Herbert J. Githens

DIRECTION: Cross Mercer from 93 Mercer (south side) to the opposite sidewalk (north side), walking back toward Barrow. Stop in front of the ten similar houses with limestone fronts.

These ten limestone-fronted townhouses were built speculatively before 1873 in the Italianate style. Notice the heavy balustrade, made up of large cast-iron components, on the stoop. The tall double doors replace the single door of the Greek Revival period, and glass panels in the doors replace the sidelights and transom. The basement level is set off from the upper floors by a stone treatment called rustication, in which the wide joints of the stone blocks are very pronounced at the lowest floor. Brackets are used extensively in the cornice and even support the sills of the windows. Here the facades are remarkably well preserved, owing to the limestone, a better selection of veneer than the more typical late-nineteenth-century brownstone.

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