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Name Hoboken Land & Improvement Company
Details Founded 1838 by Colonel John Stevens.

1 Newark St. building for this company in 1889 which was established earlier. Charles Fall, architect. Company dissolved in the 1940's. Building is now known as The Hoboken Land Building with signage on both ends of the building.

Listing data from the National Register of Historic Places

Name: Hoboken Land and Improvement Company Building
ID Number: 79001491
NRHP Status: Listed In The National Register
Certification Date: 07/03/1979
Level of Significance: Local
Designer: Tierney, Myles [Charles Fall is the original architect]
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Date: 1889
Building Type: Commerce/Trade
Construction System: Granite, Brick, Asphalt
Street Address : 1 Newark St.
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Number of Archive records 41
Number of Object records 4
Number of Library records 19
Number of Photo records 19

Associated Records

Image of Agreement Between the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co. and The Manor Real Estate & Trust Co., 1899. - Contract

Agreement Between the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co. and The Manor Real Estate & Trust Co., 1899. - Contract

Original signed legal document with map: Agreement Between The Hoboken Land & Improvement Co. and The Manor Real Estate and Trust Co. (subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co.) for the sale of real estate in Hoboken, N.J., 1899. 7pp. plus fold-out blueprint map, stapled in wrapper. For the sale or lease of the river front land and pier on the Hudson River between 10th & 11th Sts., Hoboken. It was then the location of the N.J. Yacht Club. Pennsylvania Railroad used it until the 1930's for repair of ferries. From 1939 to 2004, it was the main entrance and parking lot for the Maxwell House Coffee plant, now demolished. Map: Sketch of Shore Front Property Near Foot of 10th St., Hoboken,

Image of Cancelled mortgage between James Miller and Mary M. Miller and the Hoboken Land Improvement Company, May 1, 1861 for property on Bloomfield Street. - Mortgage

Cancelled mortgage between James Miller and Mary M. Miller and the Hoboken Land Improvement Company, May 1, 1861 for property on Bloomfield Street. - Mortgage

Cancelled mortgage between James Miller and Mary M. Miller and the Hoboken Land Improvement Company, May 1, 1861, for property on Bloomfield Street near Seventh Street, Hoboken. [4]pp. 16" high x 9-7/8" wide. The date of the original indenture was in 1861 for the purchase of a lot at what is now 716 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken for $2700. As arranged the amount was in a bond due in 1870 at 7 percent annual interest for a total due at that time of $5400. The mortgage was paid in full on Oct. 23, 1865 and has the cancellation of the City Clerk, Oct. 25, 1865. The seals have been removed. The document is an indenture form printed for the Hoboken Land Improvement Company for the 1850's. The y

2004.057.0001 Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, Volume 1, Property Sheets, 1885. Index key map. Maps 1 to 30-1/2. - Map

Hoboken Land & Improvement Company, Hoboken, Volume 1, Property Sheets, 1885. Bound volume, 27" high x 25" wide. Consists of hand drawn maps, paper mounted on linen, using several colors of ink and pencil, with numerous annotations, plus enclosures and attachments. Title page index map followed by 32 numbered leaves, 1 to 30-1/2, plus an additional enclosed map leaf of the same size. Numbered maps are not drawn to scale. See list below. Map plan book, one of three volumes in the collection. Annotations, drawings, enclosures and attachments cover information dated from the 1840's to the 1920's. All numbered maps are rectos. On the verso of many of these drawings are holographic notes record

Image of Newspaper clipping from album obituary of John H. Grouls from an unidentified newspaper, no date, ca. 1935.
 - Newspaper

Newspaper clipping from album obituary of John H. Grouls from an unidentified newspaper, no date, ca. 1935. - Newspaper

Newspaper clipping from album obituary of John H[enry]. Grouls from an unidentified newspaper, no date, ca. 1935. (Date established from text on the reverse: a commision established in 1900 was noted as in its 35 year.) Grouls had been an employee of the Hoboken Land & Improvement Company for almost 50 years.

Image of Two newspaper clippings from album with obituary of Judge J.W. Rufus Besson and funeral notice from the Jersey Observer, January, 13, 14, 1935. - Newspaper

Two newspaper clippings from album with obituary of Judge J.W. Rufus Besson and funeral notice from the Jersey Observer, January, 13, 14, 1935. - Newspaper

Two newspaper clippings from album with obituary of Judge J.W. Rufus Besson and funeral notice from the Jersey Observer, January, 13, 14, 1935. He died on Sunday, January 12, 1935. Contains useful background on his life and the Besson family, a pioneer family of Hoboken. State Assemblyman 1903-04, Hoboken District Court Judge, several law partnerships including partnership with Richard Stevens, director of Hoboken Land & Improvement Company, president, Hoboken Community Y.M.C.A., trustee of the Industrial School of the City of Hoboken, bank director, trustee of Christ Hospital and active in other community affairs including Trinity Episcopal Church.

Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, Volume 3, Property Sheets, 1888. Maps 62 to 81a, b. - Map

Hoboken Land & Improvement Company, Hoboken, Volume 3, Property Sheets, 1888. Bound volume, 27" high x 25" wide. Consists of hand drawn maps, paper mounted on linen, using several colors of ink and pencil, with numerous annotations, plus enclosures and attachments. Lacking an index key map; 19 numbered leaves, 62 - 81a,b, plus 2 attached blueprint drawings. The numbered leaves are not drawn to scale. See list below. Map plan book, one of three volumes in the collection. Annotations, drawings, enclosures and attachments cover information dated from the 1840's to the 1920's. All numbered maps are rectos. On the verso of many of these drawings are holographic notes recording references to ske

Image of Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, Volume 2, Property Sheets, 1885. Index key Map. Maps 31 to 61. - Map

Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, Volume 2, Property Sheets, 1885. Index key Map. Maps 31 to 61. - Map

Hoboken Land & Improvement Company, Hoboken, Volume 2, Property Sheets, 1885. Bound volume, 27" high x 25" wide. Consists of hand drawn maps, paper mounted on linen, using several colors of ink and pencil, with numerous annotations, plus enclosures and attachments. Title page index map followed by 35 numbered leaves, 31-61, plus a tipped-in map. Numbered maps are not drawn to scale. See list below. Map plan book, one of three volumes in the collection. Annotations, drawings, enclosures and attachments cover information dated from the 1840's to the 1920's. All numbered maps are rectos. On the verso of many of these drawings are holographic notes recording references to sketches, maps or dee

Image of Document: Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers. Prepared by Sullivan, Donovan & Heenehan, New York, no date, ca. 1949-52. - Report

Document: Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers. Prepared by Sullivan, Donovan & Heenehan, New York, no date, ca. 1949-52. - Report

Digital images: Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers. Prepared by Sullivan, Donovan & Heenehan, New York City, no date, ca. 1949-1952. Photostatically duplicated leaves, 8-1/2" x 11" plus plate as described. Report cover; 33 pp plus ca. 22 x 18" wide plate being hand-drawn map of piers with tables below of deeds & owners (imaged here but also for reference see archive 2005.079.0024.01 for a more detailed record of the map.) PDF on file. The Museum does not own the originals. Text refers to court decisions as late as 1948 which provides an approximate document date. Who solicited this opinion is not indicated, but from the subject and conclusions it was probably the City of Hobo

Image of Digital images: map from document titled Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers, ca. 1949-1952. See primary record 2005.079.0024 for full document. - Map

Digital images: map from document titled Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers, ca. 1949-1952. See primary record 2005.079.0024 for full document. - Map

Digital images: map from document titled Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers. Prepared by Sullivan, Donovan & Heenehan, New York City, no date, ca. 1949-1952. See primary record 2005.079.0024 for full document. ca. 22 x 18" wide fold-out plate, photostatically duplicated. The Museum does not own the original. Hand-drawn map shows piers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 with the order running from Hudson Square (Fifth Street) as no. 1 to no. 6 at Newark Street. The map in the top half is keyed by letters to show property owners as listed in two columns of holographic text on the bottom half. Listed are the map key letters, date of recorded deeds, liber, previous owner and new owner. The real estat

Image of Digital image: block of coupons numbered 9-14 from a Hoboken Land and Improvement Company mortage bond. - Bond

Digital image: block of coupons numbered 9-14 from a Hoboken Land and Improvement Company mortage bond. - Bond

Digital image: block of coupons numbered 9-14 from a Hoboken Land and Improvement Company mortage bond. The coupons were dated May 1915 to November 1917. Engraved image of a bust of John Stevens appears on the coupon.

Image of Digital image: note to a Mr. Fanning from Theodore C. Dunn, Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Sept. 15, 1898 re appointed of a janitor as special officer. - Correspondence

Digital image: note to a Mr. Fanning from Theodore C. Dunn, Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Sept. 15, 1898 re appointed of a janitor as special officer. - Correspondence

Digital image: holographic note to a Mr. Fanning from Theodore C. Dunn, rental agent for Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., September 15, 1898, requesting the "our janitor at the new flats, Jacob Van Tavisk, made special officer. Could you get for him a badge and have him appointed." On letterhead.

Image of Digital image: Letter to Edward Charles from W.W. Shippen, Agent, Hoboken Land & Improvement Company on Hoboken Ferry Office letterhead, August 7, 1858. - Letter

Digital image: Letter to Edward Charles from W.W. Shippen, Agent, Hoboken Land & Improvement Company on Hoboken Ferry Office letterhead, August 7, 1858. - Letter

Digital image: Letter to Edward Charles from W.W. Shippen, Agent, Hoboken Land & Improvement Company on Hoboken Ferry Office letterhead, August 7, 1858. 2 pages. Contents about testing pipes, etc.

Hoboken Historic Sites Walking Tour. No date, ca. 1985-86. Issued by Hoboken Professional & Retail Business Assn. - Map

Hoboken Historic Sites Walking Tour. No date, ca. 1985-86. Issued by Hoboken Professional and Retail Business Association. Updated and revised version of 1976 edition. Created by the the Community Development Agency. Single sheet, 18-1/2" high x 24" wide, printed both sides, folded to 9-1/4" x 12". Front panel has logo of business association Full interior (reverse) has printed text with 43 numbered and described sites on the the tour (earlier version had 34). A map with key numbers is at center. Text titled "Preservation Hoboken-Style" on one panel is same text with some small deletions. The three photos that appear in this version were taken by Ken Clare: exterior of Our Lady of Gra

Image of Billhead of John Runton & Son, Carpenters and Builders, Hoboken, dated September 9, 1904 with plot plan of 511 Park and 508 or 510 Garden St. - Documents

Billhead of John Runton & Son, Carpenters and Builders, Hoboken, dated September 9, 1904 with plot plan of 511 Park and 508 or 510 Garden St. - Documents

Billhead of John Runton & Son, Carpenters and Builders, Corner 10th and Clinton Streets, Hoboken, dated September 9, 1904. Reverse is blank. Printed form with sepia-ink and pencil drawings and notes. Not stated who made the diagram; presumably done by Runton or son. It is probable that this item was part of a larger group of related documents which are no longer together. A diagram of property at 511 Park Avenue made from measurements taken by a Mr. Dunn. The property owner was Mr. Robinson. It included the contiguous lot on Garden Street (street number not given, it could have been 508 or 510) which belonged to a Mr. Martin. According to this document, the rear five feet of each proper

Image of Plans for the Ferry Houses of the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, N.J, 1883. - Drawing, Architectural

Plans for the Ferry Houses of the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, N.J, 1883. - Drawing, Architectural

Plans for the Ferry Houses of the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, N.J as they appeared in American Architect & Building News, Feb. 3, 1883, Issue no. 371. Single plate removed from the issue, 12-9/16" wide x 17" high (double plate as bound would have had height as 12-9/16" high; gutter fold crease at center where original binding stub was attached.) See related for a plate with details, archives 2008.012.0060. The architect was H. Edwards-Fickens, 19 West 22nd St., N.Y. (His name is more commonly indexed as H. Edward Fickens without the hyphen as seen on the plate.) The plate has three sections. Top is a color rendering "Shore front" of the western facade of the "Ferry-Ho

Image of Plate with architectural drawing and plan of "Shops of the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, N.J. Mr. H. Edwards-Ficken. Architect. N.Y." 1886. - Drawing, Architectural

Plate with architectural drawing and plan of "Shops of the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, N.J. Mr. H. Edwards-Ficken. Architect. N.Y." 1886. - Drawing, Architectural

Plate with architectural drawing and plan of "Shops of the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co., Hoboken, N.J. Mr. H. Edwards-Ficken. Architect. N.Y." as they appeared in American Architect & Building News, Feb. 20, 1886, Issue no. 530. Single plate removed from the issue, folded at center, 12-11/16" wide x 9" high. Printed in color. The architect Edwards-Fickens (probably at,19 West 22nd St., N.Y.) (His is more commonly indexed as H. Edward Fickens without the hyphen as seen on the plate. The rendering of the facade of two buildings in a Dutch style with a driveway between them. Mostly two-stories, the group was planned at 220 feet long as stated in the first story plan at the top righ

Image of Ad, magazine: Hoboken Manufacturers' Terminal Building (Lipton Tea), by Turner Construction Co.; in Architectural Forum, 1919. - Ad, Magazine

Ad, magazine: Hoboken Manufacturers' Terminal Building (Lipton Tea), by Turner Construction Co.; in Architectural Forum, 1919. - Ad, Magazine

Magazine ad: Hoboken Manufacturers' Terminal Building as seen in advertisement by Turner Construction Company. On page 22 removed from an unspecified issue of Architectural Forum, probably August or September 1919. Single leaf 9" x 12" high. The ad has two photos of the site of the Hoboken Manufacturers' Terminal Building (it is not actually named in the ad.) It was at Fifteenth and Washington Streets. Circa 1920-1921 it became better known locally as the Lipton Tea Building with its sign on top and today is the residential building, The Tea Building. Both of the elevated views looking east were probably taken from 1500 Park Avenue, another HL&I Co. structure. The left image was fr

Image of Details of Hoboken Land & Improvement Co's. Ferry Buildings, Hoboken, N.J, 1883. - Drawing, Architectural

Details of Hoboken Land & Improvement Co's. Ferry Buildings, Hoboken, N.J, 1883. - Drawing, Architectural

Details of Hoboken Land & Improvement Co's. Ferry Buildings, (Hoboken, N.J) as they appeared in American Architect & Building News, Feb. 3, 1883, Issue no. 371. Single plate, no page or plate number, 12-9/16" high x 8-15/16" high; horizontal crease at center. Not stated but the architect was H. Edwards-Fickens, 19 West 22nd St., N.Y. (His name is more commonly indexed as H. Edward Fickens without the hyphen as seen on the plate.) See archives 2008.012.0001 for a double plate from the same issue with the site plan and rendering with the architect's name. Details listed on plate: Elevation of Gable's on River Front Ice Water Stand Bracket carryiung overhanging Truss over Ferry Bridge

Image of Caricature of J.W. Rufus Besson, [Hoboken, n.d., ca. 1907-1916]. From album, "Just for Fun"; archives catalogue 2005.018.0001. - Print

Caricature of J.W. Rufus Besson, [Hoboken, n.d., ca. 1907-1916]. From album, "Just for Fun"; archives catalogue 2005.018.0001. - Print

Caricature of J.W. Rufus Besson, [Hoboken, n.d., ca. 1907-1916]. Being leaf [8] as found in album, "Just for Fun"; archives catalogue 2005.018.0001. See this entry for full description of work. See related. He is depicted driving a car (recklessly) with a Hoboken Land & Improvement Company sign in the background.

Image of Caricature of Palmer Campbell, [Hoboken, n.d., ca. 1907-1916]. From album, "Just for Fun"; archives catalogue 2005.018.0001. - Print

Caricature of Palmer Campbell, [Hoboken, n.d., ca. 1907-1916]. From album, "Just for Fun"; archives catalogue 2005.018.0001. - Print

Caricature of Palmer Campbell, [Hoboken, n.d., ca. 1907-1916]. Being leaf [16] as found in album, "Just for Fun"; archives catalogue 2005.018.0001. See this entry for full description of work. See related. He is depicted in his office at the Hoboken Land & Improvement Co. [1 Newark St.] pointing to a document on his desk, Park Plans for Hoboken. On the floor next to the deak are volumes titled: Hoboken Shore R.R. [Railroad]; First National Bank; Hoboken Trust Co. Sitting on top of them is a rolled document, Sewerage Plans. A ghostly figure of man in formal wear looks on his left.