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    Historic Architecture of Phillipsburg, New Jersey

      by Frank L. Greenagel

   212 pages, 280+ color photographs, glossary, bibliography, index
   8.5 x 8.5 in., paperback, list price: $30.00
   ISBN-10:   978-14681491-3-5
   Publication date: April 10, 2012

The purpose of this work is to call attention to architecturally-significant structures in Phillipsburg, with sections on the adjacent townships of Greenwich, Lopatcong and Pohatcong, and the Borough of Alpha. It is a guide for residents, students, visitors and preservationists. The author intends it to be more than a guide, of course; it is also a reflection on the social, cultural and economic factors that gave shape to the eighteenth and nineteenth century architecture of the area. It is not intended to be a "Great Buildings of Phillipsburg," as it includes dozens of row houses, tenements, everyday dwellings as well as a sample of the old industrial structures, and in particular the railroads, bridges, the Morris Canal, and the religious architecture of the community.

The book begins with a series of short descriptions and photographs of major architectural styles—Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic, Italianate, Queen Anne, and so on. It then proceeds, neighborhood by neighborhood, to illustrate the dwellings and commercial properties, usually offering the date of construction and other interpretative insights that help readers to understand why the buildings look the way they do. In many of them we can read something of the emergence of Phillipsburg as a major transportation hub, with three canals and five railroads meeting here, and of the subsequent industrial growth of the foundries, mills and fabricators. One result was the rise of a professional and managerial class that is reflected in large residences on South Main, Front Street and Washington Street; another is the story of immigrants from central Europe, brought in to operate the mills, and of the row houses and other modest dwellings erected for them.

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