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Labor Bank Building
26 Journal Square
State and National Registers of Historic Places, 1984

One of the few banks in the United States owned and operated by a union, Theodore M. Brandle built the Labor Bank Building in 1927. The structure's height of fifteen stories was the maximum allowed for Journal Square, which was becoming Jersey City's new center of town. Hague-era architect, John T. Rowland, created the design of a rather plain brick exterior coupled with a magnifcent Neoclassical interior executed with polished style and fine materials. Formosa wood, wainscoting, pilasters, and front cashier counters of marble and a soaring stained glass ceiling compose the main banking room.

The one-two punch of the Depression and Mayor Frank Hague's growing animosity was just too much to endure; the Labor Bank failed in the 1930s. A 1986 restoration entailed the removal of a tile ceiling. The facility continues to serve as a bank.

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