Resettlement Community Housing – Roosevelt NJ

Description

“In December 1935, the Resettlement Administration hired Alfred Kastner, a German-born architect and city planner who was known for his designs for low-cost housing, as Principal Architect. Kastner, in turn, hired Louis I. Kahn, then a young architect, as his assistant. In designing the community, Kastner was influenced by both the English Garden City Idea and by the German Bauhaus style. Jersey Homesteads’ buildings are characterized by their spare geometric forms and use of modern building materials (including cinder blocks). The houses are integrated with communal areas and surrounded by a green belt. (3) Although it appears rather stark today, Kastner’s design was considered innovative at the time.”

(http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu)

“Between 1936 and 1938 a total of 200 housing units were built—a mix of single and attached, one and two story homes, all with distinctive flat roofs and oversized windows.”

(music.columbia.edu)

Source notes

http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/roosevelt/rstory.shtml
http://music.columbia.edu/roosevelt/town.html

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Roosevelt, NJ

Coordinates: 40.2201108, -74.47320730000001

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