Strength in Jersey City – great historical architecture

1906 Hudson and Manhattan Railway Station

The strength of Jersey City is one of the most breathtaking architectural landmarks in the urban area. Once embellished electric motor is what is now the PATH rapid transport system, Powerhouse stands as a rare reminder of the glorious gilt and industrial ages of America. The New York Times hailed it as a "cathedral … a masterpiece of brickwork." This major historical campaign hopes to keep elected officials and potential developers fully aware of the potential of Powerhouse to become a huge cultural and / or commercial property on the waterfront.

Jersey City lawyer William J. Makado. President Theodore Roosevelt activated. Thomas Edison toured. It was documented by four professional photographers – the railway station in Hudson and Manhattan in downtown Jersey.

Remnants of the industrial age in Jersey City, Powerhouse is a Roman revival structure built in 1908 by McAdoo, among others. The coal-fired Powerhouse, which generates steam that runs the transformers, is the electric source for H&M trains and stations, including the Hudson Station, where the World Trade Center stands today.

On the first day of powerhouse operation, February 25, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt sent a telegram from the White House instructing engineers to activate the first train running through a series of tunnels and pipes under the Hudson River from Newark to New York. This historic event linked Manhattan Island to the rest of the country for the first time.

Powerhouse closed operations in 1929, and the metro system has evolved into a PATH. Since then, the roof has deteriorated, windows have been shattered and boilers, turbines and dynamos have all been sold for scrap. Children in the neighborhood called it "Frankenstein Castle".

Despite the neglect, the structure remains solid, and there is talk of turning it into a museum or mall. Meanwhile, the Jersey City Landmark Conservancy Group hopes to see Powerhouse listed in the New Jersey Historic Places Register.

Great access to Manhattan

Located across the Hudson River directly from the World Trade Center, the Powerhouse Hotel is one block from the waterfront, with ferries and water taxis from Lower Manhattan and downtown Manhattan. Located just a few blocks from three different PATH stations – the metro journey from the World Trade Center takes 3 minutes and the longest journey from 33rd Street and 6th Avenue takes less than 15 minutes. For visitors traveling by car, it is less than 1 mile from New Jersey Turnpike and Holland Tunnel. Parking is available on site. In addition, three Hudson-Bergen Light railway stations are within walking distance of the Powerhouse.

Great location

The Powerhouse is surrounded by new office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and luxury residential complexes. Restoration of historical areas; and attractions near the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Liberty State Park and Liberty Science Center.

The location is across the street from "WALDO", the arts district of Jersey City. This is an area with eight blocks of historical repositories where only artists and artists are allowed to live. WALDO already has a building with 300 artists' studios, while another building is being developed for 133 workplaces / neighborhoods. Many other warehouses will be developed soon, and plans will be made to create an art high school, theaters, restaurants, galleries and other art-related retail stores.

Great geometry

The structure is made of steel, the outer walls are 28 "thick brick walls. There are 12 lines of columns running north to south and fourteen lines running from east to west. East, there is a sliding access door large enough to accept a rail car, and a 200 x 200-foot observation roof, offering unobstructed sweeping views of Manhattan.

Great investment benefits

Located in a state-owned urban enterprise area, Powerhouse qualifies for grants, low-interest loans, reduced sales taxes, and other benefits.

Since the building is eligible for historical classification, there will be historical tax credits equal to 20% of redevelopment costs.

New reusable building codes in New Jersey provide 10% – 30% upon renovation.

New Jersey has contributed millions to the construction of the Performing Arts Center in Newark and may also do so.

The redevelopment would save the estimated cost of demolishing the port authority in the order of $ 50 million – savings that can be shared with a developer.

Historical and architectural significance

Powerhouse's inauguration in 1908 was so important that President Theodore Roosevelt, sitting in the White House, threw the key to the conquest.

Powerhouse not only provided electricity to the Hudson Tubes (now known as PATH) but also to what was the world's largest office complex, the Hudson Plants.

what are they saying

"It's like some of the old partly destroyed cathedral … a brick masterpiece."

Christopher Gray, The New York Times, November 18, 1990

"Elegant brutality of steel and bricks."

– Steve Stronski, The New York Times, September 12, 1999

"One of the most impressive examples of the power of the urban urban system as a type of building whose survival has become increasingly rare."

Dorothy P. Guzzo, NJ State Historic Preservation Office, 1999

The force was featured prominently in the New York Times.

Details of the information will be found in Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy: http: //www.jclandmarks.orgar

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