Curbside Appeal: A Brief history of the Brownstone
Properly preserved Jersey City brownstones are a treasure trove of intricate crown molding, elaborate ceiling medallions, marble fireplaces and antique fixtures. These details are a reminder of the burgeoning class of residents in the early 1900s that aspired for the elegance of limestone or marble but required a more financially accessible option for their home.
Passaic Formation Quarries in northern NJ once supplied most of the Triassic-Jurassic sandstone that was used in many NYC and Hudson County brownstones.The quintessential brown- stone was built in the Italianate architectual style and is almost always a rowhouse, immediatly adjoining the neighboring build- ing to create a solid street façade. Its elaboratly carved ornament exterior signaled prosperity, elegance and gravitas.