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Lately, every time I've looked up an architectural style, it's been Beaux Arts. That applies to the 1910 Hudson County Courthouse.

#591 Montgomery Street, on the other hand, is Art Deco. It was constructed as one of 6 buildings in the Jersey City Medical Center, which went up between 1928 and 1941. This photo faces east.

This photo also faces east at the same spot. Jersey City has many views of New York, and by 2013 they were featuring 1 World Trade Center (center-left), although it wouldn't open for another year.

Other buildings in the Medical Center complex, #120 Clifton Place ("The Tower" now) and #114 ("The Criterion"), are visible from Clifton Place at Baldwin Avenue.

#6 Baldwin Avenue is on that exact corner.

On Harrison Avenue, approaching Temple Beth-El on JFK Boulevard.

The view along JFK Boulevard to the north.

Pi is in the sidewalk instead of the sky at Liberty Science Center.

Staring across from Summit Avenue at the Loew's Jersey Theatre, one of the few pre-Depression theatres still screening films in all its opulence.

The 1928 Stanley Theater is still opulent, but not doing movies.

City Hall, 1896. An entire residential and commercial city block was cleared for a city hall that would rival New York, over a century before J.C. would give up and get its own identity instead of trying to compete.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument (1930) fronts the building on the west, and a model of the Oviedo Cathedral is at the northwest corner. Why? Sister city (Spain).

Interior photos, including the dome in the Council chambers.

Bonus feature: a bunch of bricks and dirt. The 19th-century NYS&W Railroad engine repair facility was briefly unearthed along West Side Avenue so that it could be documented before being re-covered intact. Surprisingly, under decades of accumulated junk, the track beds on both sides were very well preseved. These photos look right and left as I entered from West Side Avenue.

The south end of the repair facility foundation.

Some different angles of the pit toward the south end of the west track. It looks intentional, whether to facilitate personnel access to the locomotive undercarriage or as an open drain.

Walking up the east track.

And the west track.

And looking back south. It's again the west track with a pit, looking like it once had a trapdoor.

Bonus feature bonus: old locomotive turntable partially unearthed at the north end. There's a functioning repair shop covering the north half, so this is all you can see.

Some of the debris that was cleared away includes parts of the old facility, most notably old wooden ties.

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