The Tower Center Complex, located on Route 18 North in East Brunswick, New Jersey, is representative of the suburbanization of the community as a whole. Its location is strategically important because of its proximity to New York and Philadelphia, and its access to Route 1, Route 18, and the NJ Turnpike. It fulfills East Brunswick’s role as a commuter stop in the urban work environment by providing a bus stop, two hotels, and office space.
This monument was surprising because as an East Brunswick resident, it was very easy for me to overlook the significance it has. Although it is an essential part of the community, many people in East Brunswick take it for granted and do not analyze the impact it has. In this sense, the Tower Center Complex can be thought of as a vernacular monument precisely because it is an everyday sight that carries a discrete symbolism.