U.S.D.A. Plant Quarantine Building, 209 River Street, Hoboken, Hudson County, NJ
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209 River Street, Hoboken, NJ
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS NJ-1231
Building/structure dates: 1940 initial construction
See also HAER No. NJ-63, Hoboken Piers Headhouse
Significance: Constructed in 1940 to carry out the provisions of the National Plant Quarantine Act of 1912, the USDA Plant Quarantine Building is significant as an excellent example of a government building designed in the Art Deco style under the Works Progress Administration. The building is also important as a hub of maritime activity and the agricultural commodity trade. The function of the building was to allow for the detection and removal of plant pests that may be harbored on imported plant material. Plant pathologists at Hoboken became responsible for disease determination for nineteen ports in a territory extending from New York south to Norfolk, Virginia and west to Chicago, Illinois.
War (World War I)
Gill, William J.
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Bureau Of Entomolo
Albro Metal Products Corporation
Ceco Building Products Corporation
Federal Seabord Terra Cotta Corporation
Hellawell, Dennis L., Photographer
McLoughlin, Elizabeth, Historian
Drobbin, Lynn, Historian
Spies, Stacey E., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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