Henry Clay and Bock & Co. Ltd. Cigar Factory

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Henry Clay and Bock & Company Ltd. Cigar Factory
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Henry Clay and Bock & Co. Ltd. Cigar Factory is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Henry Clay and Bock & Co. Ltd. Cigar Factory
Location 507 Grand Street, Trenton, New Jersey
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Area 2.4 acres (0.97 ha)
Built 1932
Architect Francisco & Jacobus
Architectural style Spanish Revival
NRHP Reference # 79001500
NJRHP # 1764[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 12, 1979
Designated NJRHP May 29, 1979

The Henry Clay and Bock & Company Ltd. Cigar Factory is a historic industrial building in the Chambersburg neighborhood of Trenton, New Jersey. It was built in 1932 to house the hand production of fine cigars and is considered the most architecturally distinct industrial building in the city, having been designed in the Spanish Revival style to highlight the Cuban origins of the company.

History

The company moved cigar production from Cuba to Trenton in 1932 after a strike at the Cuban factory, and in order to avoid high tariffs. Brands produced at the plant included Henry Clay, Bock, La Corona, and Village Brands, among others, with Winston Churchill counted a faithful customer. At its peak in the 1930s the company produced a quarter of the fine cigar market in the United States, with 3000 employees at the Trenton plant. The factory was closed in 1967 and production moved to Pennsylvania. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 12, 1979.[2] The building was converted to apartments in the 1980s.[3]

See also

References

  1. "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places — Mercer County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection — Historic Preservation Office. January 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Wolf, Gary (August 26, 1976). "Henry Clay and Bock & Co. Ltd. Cigar Factory" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Nash, Margo (September 14, 2003). "Recalling the Heyday Of Trenton's Cigar Industry". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>