Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

Coordinates: 40°42′14″N 73°47′53″W / 40.70375°N 73.79816°W / 40.70375; -73.79816
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Office of the Register
Eastbound sidewalk in front of the former Queens Office of the Register, now the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is located in New York City
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
Location161-04 Jamaica Avenue,
Jamaica, New York 11432, USA
Coordinates40°42′14″N 73°47′53″W / 40.70375°N 73.79816°W / 40.70375; -73.79816
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Neo-Italian Renaissance
NRHP reference No.80002754 [1]
NYCL No.0875
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 3, 1980
Designated NYCLNovember 12, 1974

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in Jamaica, Queens, New York is a performing and visual arts center that was founded in 1972 in an effort to revitalize the surrounding business district. As of 2012, it serves more than 28,000 people annually via a 1,650 square foot gallery, a 99-seat proscenium theater, and art & music studios. The building that houses the center is the former Queens Register of Titles and Deeds Building, a New York City landmark that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2] Outside the building is one of only two remaining cast-iron sidewalk clocks in New York City,[3] as well as a late-Victorian era headquarters of the Jamaica Savings Bank next door.

Queens Register of Titles and Deeds Building[edit]

Office of the Register, also known as Queens Register of Titles and Deeds Building, is a historic government building located in the Jamaica section of the New York City borough of Queens. It was built between 1895 and 1913 and is an imposing, three story building with a limestone facade in the Neo-Italian Renaissance style. A rear five story addition was built in 1938. The facade features deep rustication on the first floor and a smooth ashlar surface above. The building housed the Office of the Register until 1974, after which it became the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL).[4]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

See also[edit]

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center is located in the First Reformed Church.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "History". Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  3. ^ "Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning". New York City Sights. Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  4. ^ David J. Framberger; Joan R. Olshansky; Elizabeth Spencer-Ralph (October 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Office of the Register". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-01-16. See also: "Accompanying three photos".

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