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26 Journal Square

26 Journal Square is a 55 m (180 ft) high-rise in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. It was originally known as the Labor Bank Building. It was completed in 1928 and has 15 floors. It is the 23rd tallest building in the city. It is often considered the first skyscraper in Jersey City. The Beaux Arts building was designed by John T. Rowland. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[2]

26 Journal Square
Former names Labor Bank Building
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Location 26 Journal Square
Jersey City, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°43′49″N 74°03′50″W / 40.730278°N 74.063889°W / 40.730278; -74.063889Coordinates: 40°43′49″N 74°03′50″W / 40.730278°N 74.063889°W / 40.730278; -74.063889
Completed 1928
Antenna spire 55 m (180 ft)
Roof 51 m (167 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 15
Lifts/elevators 3
Design and construction
Architect John T. Rowland
Labor Bank Building
Area 0.3 acres (0.1 ha)
Built 1928 (1928)
Architect Rowland, John T.; Brandle, Theodore M.
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP reference # 84002705[1]
NJRHP # 1516[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 14, 1984
Designated NJRHP May 1, 1984

The building was originally headquarters of the Labor National Bank. The bank was affiliated with the Branleygran Company, and established by Theodore M. Brandle, a "labor czar" allied with Mayor of Jersey City Frank Hague. Hague channeled construction projects towards the construction bond underwriter, including the Pulaski Skyway. Essentially, Brandle controlled any construction projects in northern New Jersey, and any strikes he might call would be backed by Hague's police.

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  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  2. ^ a b "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Hudson County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. July 7, 2009. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  3. ^ 26 Journal Square at Emporis
  4. ^ "26 Journal Square". SkyscraperPage.