Peter Stuyvesant Monument
The Peter Stuyvesant Monument, once located in the center of Jersey City's ancient Bergen Square district (established 1660), was erected between 1910 and 1913. Designed by esteemed sculptor J. Massey Rhind, the monument's base and inscribed tablets were demolished in the winter of 2010 and the bronze statue taken to a local stoneyard for storage. JC Landmarks is working with the City of Jersey City to restore and return the monument to its rightful place in Bergen Square.
The Greenville Yards, a mammoth rail float transfer station built between 1899 and 1931, is slated to be rehabilitated by its new owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. No where in the Port Authority's meeting minutes, impact studies or press releases is the option of historic preservation considered or mentioned. This could mean the entire erasure of the station, which has been found eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Following a national trend, Jersey City's seminal works of Modernism - from the International Style to Brutalism to the Postmodern - increasingly face owner neglect, deterioration, vandalism and destruction.
Stained Glass Windows
Jersey City is a city of invisible wonders. Hidden behind centurial edifices, discernable only from within, are decorative glass windows of delicate beauty.
Van Wagenen House
Since 2002, JC Landmarks has worked to preserve the Van Wagenen House, a late-18th to mid-19th century sandstone edifice that stands as an architectural testament to Jersey City's now-vanished Dutch heritage. The exterior of the homestead has been fully restored and the interior restoration phase is currently underway. However, a proper adaptive reuse/cultural site management plan for the site remains uncertain.
The Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse is the architectural icon that gave rise to JC Landmarks. In 1999, a small group of advocates protested Port Authority and City of Jersey City plans to demolish the former subway power station, calling instead for its complete preservation and adaptive reuse. In 2001, through the concerted efforts of JC Landmarks, the Powerhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently undergoing the first phase of stabilization. Threats still remain, however, as the Romanesque Revival industrial colossus needs a new roof, repointing, and a redevelopment plan that will retain its sublime architectural features and allow public access.
Reservoir No. 3
Reservoir 3 on Summit Avenue was built between 1871-74 as part of an extensive water works system that provided fresh drinking water to an expanding Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, and a busy immigration station known as Ellis Island. Reservoir 3, emptied and unused, is now home to an emerging ecosystem, wetlands, and wildlife sanctuary.
The Bergen Arches
The preservation of the Bergen Arches is one of our major historic preservation campaigns. The Bergen Arches remain one of the most distinctive historical landmarks of the region and any reuse alternatives must recognize its significance as an irreplaceable resource which contributes to Jersey City's heritage.
St. John's Episcopal Church
St. John's Episcopal Church is a masterpiece of 19th century ecclesiastical architecture. One of Jersey City's oldest stone churches, St. John's was erected in 1870 in the heart of the brownstone-lined Bergen Hill area atop the low southern ridge of the Palisades. It was designed by J. Remson Onderdonk in the Victorian Gothic style.
Whitlock Cordage is an intact late-19th century industrial complex that once thrived on the banks of the Morris Canal, a man-made waterway used for the delivery of coal, zinc, grain, and other goods between Pennsylvania and the Jersey City waterfront. Whitlock Cordage, which stands in the historic Lafayette neighborhood, once manufactured what many considered to be the world's finest and strongest rope.
Sixth Street Embankment
Designed by Jersey City resident James J. Ferris, the Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Stem Embankment is one of Jersey City's few remaining remnants of the once mighty Pennsylvania Railroad. Dividing the Harsimus Cove and Hamilton Park historic districts, the former span holds promise as an elevated park and connecting segment of the East Coast Greenway.
Zoning & Teardowns
Like many cities undergoing a development boom, Jersey City's historic resources are threatened by the "teardown" phenomenon, where historic properties are razed and replaced with undistinguished cookie cutter housing. The Conservancy is fighting to prevent teardowns of specific historic houses, while also working with city officials to prevent further destruction.
Warehouse Historic District
The Warehouse Historic District represents the only contiguous district of Jersey City's once storied industrial past. Revitalization of this district holds great promise, with the creation of the "Powerhouse Arts District," a redevelopment plan that integrates the warehouse district with the Hudson and Manhatan Powerhouse to create a vibrant residential and commercial arts district that preserves the historic character and density of the district. Unfortunately, some developers, not content with the upzoning that allows them more lucrative use of their property, are demanding modifications to this plan that would demolish the landmark buildings and destroy the neighborhood's unique character.
There are only six cobblestone streets left in Jersey City, a city once completely paved with cobbles. The Landmarks Conservancy was instrumental in saving Holland Street, a cobblestone carriage road that slopes down the Palisades between Palisade Avenue and Paterson Plank Road. Other stone-paved streets include Manning Avenue, High Street, 17th Street, Provost Street, and Audrey Zapp Drive.