Holmdel’s Bell Works building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017, was recently recognized by Architectural Digest as the most iconic building in New Jersey. With an award recipient from each state, the Bell Works building ranks among world-famous buildings like the Empire State Building in NYC, Seattle’s Space Needle, and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.
The nearly 500-acre property served as a scientific research facility for over 6,000 workers for many years. It was the site of many important technological advancements in the 20th century, including the 1947 invention of the transistor, which won the Nobel Prize in 1956. The two-million-square-foot building, which was purchased by Somerset Development for redevelopment in 2013, now houses retail, dining, and office space, and will soon include a 200-room hotel.
Architectural Digest’s full list can be seen here.