Hersch Tower

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Hersch Tower
General information
Type Commercial
Location 125 Broad Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°39′59″N 74°12′52″W / 40.6664915°N 74.2143118°W / 40.6664915; -74.2143118Coordinates: 40°39′59″N 74°12′52″W / 40.6664915°N 74.2143118°W / 40.6664915; -74.2143118
Completed 1931
Cost $1,750,000[1]
Roof 42.67 m (140.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 14
Lifts/elevators 2
Design and construction
Architect Nathan Meyers


Mid-Town Historic District
Hersch Tower is located in Union County, New Jersey
Hersch Tower
Hersch Tower is located in New Jersey
Hersch Tower
Hersch Tower is located in the US
Hersch Tower
NRHP reference # 95001143
NJRHP # 2665[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 5, 1995
Designated NJRHP September 29, 1994

Hersch Tower is a historic Art Deco building in midtown Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Constructed during the Great Depression with a façade of brick, marble and nickel in 1931 by businessman Louis Hersh, the tower is 14 stories and 42.67 m (140.0 ft) tall.[4] The Newark architect, Nathan Myers (who had designed Temple B'Nai Abraham on Clinton Avenue in that city) and Princeton-trained Joseph Shanley designed and planned the building, it originally had self-contained vacuum system, where each unit had a wall receptacle to which one attached a vacuum hose and proceeded without additional machinery.The building also sported a fire escape system – only two of which existed in the US - in which an internal slide would pass tenants from any floor to the street swiftly in case of an emergency.[5]

During the 1970s the building was partially renovated including replacement of the elevators and silver leaf in the lobby,[5] it went into foreclosure and was purchased in 1990 by the Brooklyn-based Wybro brothers.[6]

Hersch Tower is contributing property to the Mid-Town Historic District which also includes the Elizabeth Public Library and the Union County Courthouse.[3][7] and other early high-rises, the Winfield Scott Tower and the Afbender Building.[2]

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  1. ^ "Elizabeth through the Ages". Elizabeth Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Elizabeth". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Union County". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Hersch Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  5. ^ a b "THE ELIZABETH FORUM 2014". Elizabeth Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  6. ^ Goodnough, Abby (August 6, 1995). "In Elizabeth, Dusting Off an Art Deco Treasure". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Midtown & More". City of Elizabeth. Retrieved 2014-10-06.