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Preservation Week 2003 in Jersey City

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Posted by Daniel Levin on April 29, 2003 at 09:51:36:

in Jersey City, New Jersey

May 5-11

Sponsored by the
Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy

Join the Landmarks Conservancy and other citywide organizations as we celebrate Preservation Week 2003 in Jersey City with historical walking tours, festivals, exhibits, slide lectures, and the Conservancy's 3rd Annual Preservation Awards ceremony at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre.

Preservation Week 2003 schedule subject to change; check our web site for updates at or call 201.420.1885


Sunday, May 4, 2pm: Old Bergen Square Walking Tour
Meet at Laico's at the Summit House, 510 Summit Avenue
Tom Murphy, guide
Presented by St. Peter's Preparatory School and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy
Suggested donation: $5
Tom Murphy, a Commissioner on the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission and History Chair at St. Peter's Preparatory School, will lead tourists through the streets of Bergen Square, the first permanent settlement in New Jersey (1660). Stops include the Summit House, Jersey City's oldest standing building (1690), the Apple Tree House (1750), and Old Bergen Church and Cemetery, among other early European sites

Wednesday, May 7, 6-8pm: 3rd Annual Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Awards
The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, Journal Square
Presented by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy and Friends of the Loew's
Suggested donation: $10
The Landmarks Conservancy will present awards to the following 2003 Honorees:

Excellence in Preservation Awards:
Trust Company Bank, Bergen Hill Branch, for the exterior restoration of this 1902 Beaux-Arts gem on Monticello Avenue
Light Horse Tavern, for the sensitive adaptive reuse of a 19th-century store front in the Paulus Hook Historic District
Cotton Temple Church of God in Christ, for the restoration of "Christ the Good Shepherd," a stained glass window by former Tiffany Studios master Benjamin Sellers

Theodore Conrad Award:
Rosalyn Brown and the Communipaw Avenue Block Association, for helping to save the Whitlock Cordage from demolition, and for their efforts to promote the historic neighborhood of Lafayette

J. Owen Grundy Award:
Rick James, for his scholarly Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Branch Embankment nomination for the State & National Registers of Historic Places

Living Landmark Award:
Charles Barone, for restoring the stained glass dome and skylights of the Hudson County Court House and Labor Bank Building

Preservation Stewardship Prize
Van Vorst Park Association, Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, Historic Paulus Hook Association, and Harsimus Cove Association, for their ongoing efforts to preserve the four Historic Districts of Downtown Jersey City

Thursday, May 8, 3:30-5:30pm: Reception for "Historic Views of Whitlock Cordage"
John Meagher Rotunda Gallery, First Floor, City Hall, 280 Grove Street
Free admission and refreshments
Presented by the City of Jersey City, Hon. Glenn D. Cunningham, Mayor; the Municipal Council; the Department of Health & Human Services, Div. of Cultural Affairs; and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy
The exhibit runs from May 1-31
Also visit the Main Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library, Jersey Avenue, for a mini-Whitlock Cordage exhibit. Special thanks to Cynthia Harris, Director, New Jersey Room

Sunday, May 11, 1-5pm: Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Branch Embankment Festival
Sixth Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street
Join preservationists, residents, and elected officials as they celebrate the Embankment's recent listing on the Municipal Register. During the dedication ceremony, certificates of appreciation will be presented honoring City officials for supporting the Embankment. The event will also feature exhibits of the Embankment Preservation Coalition, Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance, Friends of Liberty State Park, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, Harsimus Cove Association, NY/NJ Baykeeper, and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. Free admission and refreshments. More information at:


Monday, May 5, 5:30-7:30pm: Arts & Preservation Forum
City Hall, 280 Grove Street
Hosted by Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham
Presentation and panel discussion led by Planning Department Director Robert Cotter outlining Jersey City's historic preservation projects including the Powerhouse Arts District, Whitlock Cordage, Loew's Jersey Theatre, Holland Street, 6th Street Embankment, and the Apple Tree House. Members of the public are invited to submit questions to the panel during the forum via 3x5 index cards. Following the panel discussion, Mayor Cunningham will present awards acknowledging groups and individuals for their dedication to preserving Jersey City's history. Refreshments will be served. More information: 201.547.4333

Saturday, May 17, 9am-3pm: Holland Street Spring 2003 Clean-up
Holland Street at Bowers Street and Palisade Avenue (under the Ogden Avenue Bridge)
Sponsored by River View Neighborhood Association, Save the Palisades, and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy
Join community leaders, residents, students, and preservationists for the Spring 2003 Clean-up of historic Holland Street, which was recently listed on the Jersey City Municipal Register of Historic Places. Holland Street is one of only five remaining cobblestone carriage roads in Jersey City and the only one left in the Heights section. Please bring cleaning equipment and work gloves. Refreshments will be served. More information at:

Saturday, May 17, 12-5pm: Lafayette History Festival & Tour
Opening Ceremonies: 12-1pm, Lafayette and Van Horne Streets (look for the tents)
Walking and Bus Tour: 1-3pm (meet at the Beehive Bank, corner of Pacific and Communipaw Avenues)
Slide Lecture and Closing Ceremonies: 3-4pm (Monumental Baptist Church, corner of Van Horne and Lafayette Streets)
Refreshments: 4-5pm (Monumental Baptist Church, corner of Van Horne and Lafayette Streets)
Sponsored by Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham, the City of Jersey City, and the Division of Cultural Affairs. Co-sponsored by the Communipaw Avenue Block Association, Monumental Baptist Church, the Afro-American Historical Society Museum, and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy
Free and open to the public
Join us for a day-long celebration of Lafayette, the historic cradle of New Jersey where, in 1609, Henry Hudson docked his vessel, "The Half Moon," at the foot of Communipaw Avenue in Communipaw Cove, setting the stage for development along the Hudson River. Significant landmarks in the district will be visited, and tables with historical displays and information will be set up. More information at: 201.432.6565

Sunday, May 18: Lincoln Park Walking Tours
Tours leave at 12:30, 2, and 3pm from the Jersey City Women's Club (Fairmont Ave, between Kennedy Blvd. and Westside Ave., 1 block south of Montgomery Street), which was recently listed on the Municipal Register
Sponsored by the West Bergen/Lincoln Park Coalition
Ticket Prices: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Walk through one of Jersey City's most preserved historic neighborhoods surrounding century-old Lincoln Park, designed by renowned landscape architects Langton & Lowrie. Discover beautiful stately brownstones, fanciful Victorian, Colonial, and Tudor estates, magnificent Art Deco apartment houses, and glorious buildings of worship. More information at: 201-333-8855 or email

National Historic Preservation Week was initiated in 1971 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation "to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts around the country. It's grown into an annual celebration observed from small towns to big cities, with events ranging from tours, reenactments and rallies to black-tie balls and national competitions." Visit the National Trust web site at:

The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer preservation organization formed to preserve, protect, and promote the irreplaceable historic resources of Jersey City. Please support our preservation campaigns by making a tax-deductible donation today! More information at:

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