American Insurance Company Building


American Insurance Company Building


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.





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.



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


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.

Heyboer, Kelly. "How Rutgers turned an abandoned skyscraper into a luxury dorm." NJ Advance Media, 22 Nov. 2015. Web. 29 June 2016.


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