Borough of Roosevelt
Jersey Homesteads Historic District
Organized as an agro-industrial Jewish cooperative community by the Provisional Commission for Jewish Farm Settlements in the United States, led by Benjamin Brown (1885-1939), Jersey Homesteads was one of approximately 100 communities built by the Roosevelt Administration in the 1930s. Among the other members of the Provisional Commission were Rabbi Stephen Wise and Albert Einstein. The design of the community, with interior and exterior greenbelts, reflects the influence of Sir Ebeneezer Howard, pioneer of the English "garden city" planning concept, while the design of the buildings by architects Alfred Kastner and Louis Kahn incorporates principles developed by Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus in Germany in the 1920s
Jersey Homesteads was settled beginning in 1936 and was incorporated as a borough in 1937. Its name was changed to Roosevelt in 1945 in honor of the recently deceased President to whom the community owes its founding.
Roosevelt has been home to many prominent artists, including Ben Shahn, who painted a mural in the elementary school depicting scenes of Jewish immigration to America, the garment industry, the labor movement, and the organization of Jersey Homesteads as a planned community for working people.
Erected by Borough of Roosevelt
Location. 40° 13.077′ N, 74° 28.492′ W. Marker is in Roosevelt, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on North Rochdale Avenue (County Route 571), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located across from the Post Office. Marker is in this post office area: Roosevelt NJ 08555, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ye Olde Robbins Burial Place (approx. 2 miles away); Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House-The Parsonage and Baptist Ministry (approx. 3.3 miles away); Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House-The Cemetery and Grounds (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hightstown World War II Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hightstown (approx. 4.4 miles away); East Windsor Township Civil War Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Dey Farm Historic Site Monroe Township (approx. 5 miles away).
Regarding Borough of Roosevelt. A 1965 statue of Roosevelt is located nearby
Categories. • Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
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