2008 Preservation Awards

James and Ronalee Chatman

Excellence in Preservation

613 Bergen Avenue

For the meticulous restoration of 613 Bergen Avenue, a circa 1892 Queen Anne mansion located in the West Bergen neighborhood of Jersey City.


Kyung Chung

Excellence in Preservation

234 Second Street

For the creative restoration of 234 Second Street, a circa 1870 Greek-Revival clapboard house in the Harsimus Cove neighborhood of Jersey City.

David Benfield, Architect of Record


Metrovest Equities, Inc.
George Filopoulos, President

Excellence in Preservation

The Beacon

For the restoration of the Art Deco Rialto and Capital buildings at The Beacon residential complex (formerly Jersey City Medical Center).

Ismael Leyva Architects, Architect of Record
Ulana Zakalak, Historic Preservation Consultant
EverGreene Painting Studios, Plaster Repair and Decorative Painting
Jablonski Building Conservation, Paint Analysis
Rambusch Decorating Company, Lighting Restoration
Metal Man Restoration, LLC, Metal Restoration


Pershing Field Garden Friends

Preservation Initiative

America Triumphant

For the spirited citizens-based campaign to restore America Triumphant, a World War I monument designed by sculptor James S. J. Novelli and dedicated in 1922 in Pershing Field Memorial Park in the Heights section of Jersey City.

Laura Skolar and Bob Murgittroyd, Directors,
PFGF Restore America Triumphant Project

Jersey City Parks Coalition, Project Partner
Aegis Restauro, LLC, Monument Restoration
Burns Brothers, Plaque Restoration
Hudson County Open Space Recreation
and Historic Preservation Trust Fund,
Historic Preservation Grant Provider


Lillian Morrison

J. Owen Grundy History Award

Ghosts of Jersey City & Other Poems

For The Ghosts of Jersey City & Other Poems,
a 1967 volume of poetry that captures and conjures the historic sights and sounds of Jersey City.


Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association (PADNA)
Jill Edelman, President

Theodore Conrad Preservationist Award

Warehouse District

For its grassroots preservation efforts to preserve the industrial heritage and fabric of the Powerhouse Arts District, a waterfront area populated by architectural monuments such as the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Headquarters/150 Bay Street, the Butler Brothers’ Building, the Merchants’ Refrigerating Company Warehouse, the J. Leo Cooke Warehouse and the Juan Ribon Machine Shop.


Dr. Ethel Lawner

Jersey City Legend Award

Dr. Ethel Lawner -- NY Times

In recognition of her lifelong environmental and historic preservation advocacy efforts as epitomized in the groundbreaking Citizens Committee to Save John F. Kennedy Boulevard and the Citizens Committee of Hudson County, and in acknowledgement of her key role in the battle to save the Hudson County Courthouse and her lasting influence on the preservation movement.


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