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IMPERILED MODERNISM

Much of Jersey City's postwar architectural fabric is under threat. Following a national trend, Jersey City's seminal works of Modernism - from the International Style to Brutalism and even to the Postmodern - increasingly face owner neglect, deterioration, vandalism and destruction.

JC Landmarks's real preservation challenge is to build up an understanding of, and appreciation for, Modernism in all its aesthetic and material motives since the early-1950s.

This, and the fact that the restoration of recent buildings is a relatively new art and science, makes the challenge all the more insurmountable.

Unfortunately, historic preservation to most only means the retention of the traditional, be it a Romanesque Revival factory, a Dutch Colonial homestead, or a Beaux-Arts courthouse. Brooding poured-in-place concrete hospitals, churches, office buildings, parking decks - all, for the most part, are perceived as anti-historicist, unimportant to architectural history, and dispensible.

JC Landmarks embraces our city's architectural monuments irregardless of their time period. We believe that each style is representative of a certain significant style (perhaps never to be repeated).

City officials, property owners and developers of modern structures should strongly consider and seek creative adaptive reuse and sensitive restoration.

- JC Landmarks

COMING SOON: INVENTORY OF MODERN LANDMARKS IN JERSEY CITY

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Above Image: 1968 cornerstone, Trinity Methodist Church, Jersey City, NJ. Architect: Ann Willis

Page Header Image: Hebrew Home for Orphans and the Aged, Jersey City, NJ.


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