Weekend Walks: A Photographic Tour of Lafayette

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Weekend Walks is our weekend column where we explore the photographic beauty of various neighborhoods through the lenses of history, architecture and commerce.

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Lafayette is a subsection of the larger Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City. It encompasses the eastern portion of the district closest to downtown. It’s named after Revolutionary War General Marquis de Lafayette who was station in Bergen for a period during the war.

In 1836, the Morris Canal opened to transport goods from the Hudson River to Phillipsburg on the Delaware River. It ran directly through Lafayette which propelled the area into an industrial manufacturing and transportation hub. Many manufacturers positioned themselves along the canal to easily transport their goods.

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All Saints Church
All Saints Church

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Signs outside Lafayette Corner Store

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Shop window along Communipaw
Shop window along Communipaw

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The Grind Shop
The Grind Shop

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American Type Founders Company
American Type Founders Company

The Foundry Lofts was originally the site of the American Type Founders Company, a business trust company that represented 23 type foundries which, at the time, equated to 85% of all type manufacturers in the world. They are credited with creating the News Gothic, Century Schoolbook, Franklin Gothic, Hobo and Bank Gothic fonts. The business was hit hard during the depression and in 1933 American Type filed for bankruptcy. In the process, they shut down the Jersey City location and consolidated it into a plant in Elizabeth.

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Goomba

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View of Manhattan from Lafayette Park
View of Manhattan from Lafayette Park
Tape Art
Tape Art

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Whitlock Cordage
Whitlock Cordage

Whitlock Cordage was one of the major manufacturers along the Morris Canal. Originally home to the Passaic Zinc Works, the site was taken over in 1905 by the Whitlock Cordage company, manufacturers of, what some said, was the strongest rope in the world. The buildings on the site were constructed between 1852-1920. Portions of it are now residences called Whitlock Mills. Other parts are still being rehabilitated.

More Whitlock Cordage
More Whitlock Cordage
Cobblestone along Lafayette Park
Cobblestone along Lafayette Park
All Saints School
All Saints School

Originally the All Saints School, the building is now undergoing a residential conversion. Plans call for 25 new condo units.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I believe that’s Cornerstone Church of Christ on Pacific Ave & Communipaw Ave.
    All Saints Church is on Pacific Ave & Lafayette Street and is a light tan building.

  2. Hi CLC – No, that is definitely All Saints Church. I loved that Church. Beautiful inside the way I remember it. Can’t say what it’s like now. Sad.

  3. The church at Pacific and Communipaw was All Saints. The named cited by CLC may be the name of the group that took over. The church on Pacific and Lafayette is Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We went to Assumption as well as their school.

  4. It’s the ‘hood’ no matter how you photograph the place. My dad was a fire captain at engine 10. The stories he told……

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