American Insurance Company Building


Title

American Insurance Company Building

Description

The American Insurance Company Building is a 21 story commercial edifice designed to serve as the company's main office. It is located in what now is considered the James Street Commons Historic District.

Date

1929-1930

State

extant

Condition History

The building was donated to Rutgers University in 1977 when the company decided to move their corporate headquarters to Morris Plains, NJ. From 1979-1999 the Rutgers School of Law and SI Newhouse Center for Law and Justice was housed in the building. After plans to turn the building into a hotel failed to materialize in 2001, the building remained vacant for over a decade. In 2012, Rutgers began an 83 million dollar renovation project to turn the building into a mixed-use facility for graduate student housing which was completed in 2015.

Bibliography

Files:

National Register of Historic Places, James Street Commons Historic District, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, National Register #78001758, p. 15.

Articles:


Burd, Joshua. "New life for iconic Newark tower: Devco creating student housing for Rutgers at former American Insurance Co. headquarters." NJBIZ, 13 April 2015. Web. 29 June 2016.
http://www.njbiz.com/article/20150413/NJBIZ01/304109996/new-life-for-iconic-newark-tower

Heyboer, Kelly. "How Rutgers turned an abandoned skyscraper into a luxury dorm." Nj.com NJ Advance Media, 22 Nov. 2015. Web. 29 June 2016. 
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/11/how_rutgers_turned_a_forgotten_skyscraper_into_a_l.html

Style

Georgian Revival

Collection

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