Thursday, May 28th, 6-9 PM at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Journal Square




  • Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, New Jersey. Take the PATH to Journal Square or paid parking is available at Square Ramp Parking behind the theatre.
  • $35 per ticket; includes buffet, beer, wine, coffee and dessert and tour of theatre. Purchase tickets via PayPal by clicking the BUY TICKETS NOW button below or purchase at the lobby door on the night of the ceremony.


  • Sponsored by JCLC and Friends of the Loew's. Join JCLC and FOL for its 15th year of recognizing local heroes of historic preservation - from bricks and mortar restoration to grass roots advocacy. For additional information, or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact JCLC at


Excellence in Preservation Awards

This award recognizes the recent restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of a building, structure or object which exemplifies high regard for the resource's historic and architectural integrity.

Paul Francisco for the restoration and redevelopment of 587-591 Jersey Avenue, a former funeral home, into condominium apartments. The project incorporates new construction that both integrates with, and complements the existing historic structure. Also recognizing: Neves Architecture & Design LLC, Architect of Record.

Robert Pulling & Colleen McNulty for the beautiful restoration of 187 Sherman Avenue, a turn-of-the-century wood-framed Victorian rowhouse in Jersey City Heights.

Building and Land Technology (BLT) for the restoration of The Paramount at The Beacon, the former Murdoch Hall nurses' residence of the old Jersey City Medical Center. The art deco lobby is one of the finest interior spaces in the city and has been returned to its former glory. Also recognizing: DMR Architects & EDI Architects, Architect of Record. Zakalak Restoration Arts, Historic Restoration Contractor. Zakalak Associates, Historic Preservation Consultant. Dinallo Construction Corp., General Contractor. Weidlinger Associates, Structural Engineers.

Hopkins Group LLC for the adaptive reuse of Kennedy Lofts, 100 Newkirk Street, the 1965 former John F. Kennedy Office Building by architects/engineers Comparetto and Kenny. This is the first residential conversion of its kind in Journal Square in many years, and saves a fine example of often under-appreciated mid-century commercial modernism. Also recognizing: John Saracco Architect, Architect of Record. Angelo Beskaly Construction, General Contractor.

Preservation Initiative Award

This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of an individual or organization in promoting the protection of a historic resource.

Hudson County History Advocates, for producing the Hudson County History Fairs including the 2014 edition, and their ongoing work including the upcoming Hudson County 175th Anniversary Tours in late 2015.

J. Owen Grundy History Award

Named after the city's late historian, this award recognizes work that chronicles, through a written or visual medium, Jersey City history.

Richard Price, for his body of work in literature, heavily influenced by the people and places of Jersey City. Richard Price is a prolific and highly-respected author of novels and scripts for movies and television. His novels include Clockers, Freedomland, Samaritan, Lush Life and most recently The Whites, written under the pseudonym Harry Brandt. He has written screenplays for The Color of Money, Sea of Love, and The Wire. The JCLC is recognizing Price for his gritty, accurate depiction of Dempsey, NJ, a fictional city located between Newark and New York City. Those who know the terrain will recognize that it is a thinly-disguised Jersey City, where Price spent a great deal of time observing the lives of detectives, inner-city survivors, and small-time criminals.

Jersey City Legend Award

This award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to Jersey City.

Ed Lucas, for his inspiring life as a reporter, broadcaster, writer, family man, motivational speaker, and advocate for the blind. Despite losing his sight in childhood, Lucas graduated from college in 1958, becoming one of the first blind students to do so, and went on to a successful career in sports reporting/broadcasting. In 1980, he became the first disabled person in the USA to win full custody of his children from a non-disabled spouse. In 1985, he was the first layperson appointed to the board of St. Joseph's School for the Blind, and has since been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for this Jersey City institution. In 1995, he was inducted into the NJ Sports Hall of Fame. For over 50 years, he has inspired many with his "no cup or cane" mentality, and for this he is recognized as a Jersey City Legend.

Preservation Month Sponsors

Building and Land Technology (BLT)
Dixon Leasing
Lord Abbett

Preservation Awards Ceremony Sponsors

Panepinto Properties
Zakalak Restoration Arts

Awards Ceremony Food & Drink Sponsors

Jersey Wine Merchants
New Jersey Beer Company




May 14 - June 6, 2015


NOTE: Changes + additions to this Schedule of Events will be posted on this website regularly. Check our Twitter channel as well for up-to-the-minute updates. More information about sponsorship opportunities for Preservation Month 2015 in Jersey City:


Thursday, May 14, 7 PM: " A Geographer's View of Jersey City." Presented by the Embankment Preservation Coalition. Full details at [See related walking tour event listed below.]


Saturday, May 16, 12 PM: "West Bergen Historic Area: A Walking Tour from St. Peter's University to Lincoln Park with Historian Dennis Doran." Presented by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. Meet at St. Peters University, corner of Montgomery Street and JFK Boulevard. $5; $3 for seniors and students. Contact:


Sunday, May 17, 2 PM: "Greenville: A Walking Tour with Historian and Author Patrick Shalhoub." Presented by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. Meet at the entrance area to the Danforth Avenue light rail station, near Princeton and Danforth Avenues. $5; $3 for seniors and students. Contact:


Thursday, May 21, 6:30 PM: "Researching Home Histories with a Peek at Homes Here Over the Last 350 Years." Free; however, registration is required as seats are limited. Meet in The New Jersey Room, 3rd Floor, Jersey City Free Public Library. Sponsored by the Jersey City Free Public Library and JC Landmarks. This popular workshop is administered by Cynthia Harris, Manager, and NJ Room librarians John Beekman and Danny Klein. In addition to detailed instruction for determining a home's history, the NJ Room archivists will be showing photos of many of the city's early homes (DeMott, Armstrong, etc.) that have long since be demolished or, as in the case of the Sip Manor, still standing outside the city. Registration:

Saturday, May 30, 1 PM: "Lafayette History Tour." Presented by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. Meeting details to be posted shortly. Contact:


Saturday, June 6, 12 PM Noon: "Bayview Cemetery." Meet at the cemetery's middle gate on Garfield Avenue by Chapel Avenue. Co-sponsored by the Hudson County Genealogical Society; lead by historians Dennis Doran and John Hallanan Jr. Contact:


Sunday, June 7, 1-3 PM: "A Walk Along the Harsimus Branch Embankment on Sixth Street, Jersey City." Details for this special event can be found on the Embankment Preservation Coalition web site ( closer to the event.






Read the incredible story and view photographs via The Jersey Journal. And please implore Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop at to make every effort to assist the local preservation community in preserving this vital public monument!


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