The great, historic architects and architectural firms closely associated with New York have long impacted the look of Gotham. Strolling the city’s neighborhoods will reveal their wonders from John McComb, Jr.’s Saint Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (see photo, right) to Henry Janeway Hardenbergh’s Plaza Hotel to McKim, Meade & White’s James A. Farley Post Office. In addition, these architects have impacted the look of cities—both large and small—in nearby New Jersey from Newark to New Brunswick to Orange.
John McComb, Jr. (1763-1853) is a case on point. In addition to Saint Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (1799), a fine example of Georgian architecture, he established himself as a leading architect with such other major New York credits as Gracie Mansion (1799), Hamilton Grange (1802), the interior of City Hall (1803), and Castle Clinton (1808). Moreover, he extended his reach to New Jersey, where his credits include Alexander Hall (1815) at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton and Old Queens (see photo, top) at Rutgers University (where I earned my Bachelors degree) in New Brunswick. Old Queens, which was begun in 1809 but not completed until 1823, is the oldest extant building of Rutgers and a fine example of Federalist architecture. Originally it was used for instruction, housing, and other purposes. Today it houses administrative offices, including the office of the president.
To begin a virtual tour of buildings in New Jersey by some of the great, historic architects and architectural firms closely associated with New York, click on the the photo in the upper, left-hand corner of the gallery. Alternatively, click on any photo that captures your fancy.
How to get to those destinations in New York. Saint Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery is located at 131 East 10th Street. To travel by subway, take the R train to Eighth Street, the 4 or 6 train to Astor Place, or the L train to Third Avenue. The Plaza Hotel is located at 768 Fifth Avenue. To travel by subway, take the F, N, Q, or R trains to Fifth Avenue. The James A. Farley Post Office is located at 421 Eighth Avenue. To travel by subway, take the A, C, E, 1, 2, or 3 trains to 34th Street.
How to get to those destinations in New Jersey. Old Queens, Kirkpatrick Chapel, and Geology Hall are located on the block bounded by College Avenue and Somerset, George, and Hamilton streets in New Brunswick. Alexander Johnston Hall is located very nearby at 101 Somerset Street. Newark Penn Station is located at Raymond Plaza, between Market Street and Raymond Boulevard in Newark. The Orange Public Library is located at 348 Main Street in Orange. All destinations are served by New Jersey Transit.