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Saturday, May 17, 2014
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I have been driving past this old building in North Newark on my way to and from work for over 20 years. And yet, only in the past few weeks did I notice that it might be something a bit more special than just another junky old building being used as a supply warehouse for some two-bit local business. From the ground level (first photo), it doesn’t look like much; just another place with graffiti and metal security doors. But if you happen to look at the top, you see the year 1876 proudly displayed. And you see signs of a building design and architecture that certainly are over 125 years old, remnants of another era, of a different way of living and doing things.

Wow, 1876; the USA’s Centennial. A decade after the Civil War was concluded. It’s interesting that whoever built that building took the time and expense to have its year of construction prominently advertised. Today we usually hide a building’s date of construction in an obscure cornerstone, or don’t show it at all.

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any Internet information on this building, other than that it is located at 577 North 3rd Street and is home to the Ascot Tag and Label company. Newark has plenty of architecturally and historically significant buildings that are being preserved, and that is good. Still, it’s too bad that a plebeian, day-to-day industrial building like this isn’t getting any attention. In a way, places like this tell you even more about what daily life must have once been like, than any old church or mansion. Please take a moment and sample a bit of late 19th Century urban America, via my camera and my blog.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 8:34 pm      

  1. Jim, I can appreciate your interest and wonder at this old building and the old buildings in Newark.

    In the city I live in (as I’m sure you have) there is a whole area indicated as “historic”. This area is mostly composed of old homes that are being renewed and returned to the way they were in the 1800s. There is also an area of industrial buildings where people worked and made a living for many, many years; there is even an old railroad depot that’s being restored (even though the railroad doesn’t run in that area any more). In another place there are two concrete posts left standing; they must have been the entrance to a large, prosperous farm in the area; now it’s all “developed”, no more farm there. Yet another area has an amazing house high on a hill just close to the river. I notice it looks like a three storey house with windows at the very top. I envision the windows must have been used as look outs to anticipate anybody coming by river or by surrounding land.

    I drive through and am amazed at how life must have been over 100 years ago in the place I live. It was not so crowded. Well, perhaps not “crowded” as we see it now, but “crowded” in its own way. These cities were flourishing cities surrounded by farms run by families over 125+ years ago. The people of the city and the city itself have gone through many changes, probably many hardships when the changes came about. Yet still it all has survived and vestiges of what was still remain. Perhaps someday 125+ years from now vestiges of our times will remain, and people will think back and wonder how life was in the 21st century.

    What interesting stories the cities, the buildings people worked in, the homes they lived, and last, but definitely not least, the people themselves would have to say “if the walls could talk”, if the people themselves could speak. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — May 18, 2014 @ 8:42 am

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