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NJIT’s Plans to Demolish Buildings in Historic District Temporarily Derailed

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The State Historic Preservation Office denied New Jersey Institute of Technology’s application to demolish four buildings within the city’s first and oldest historic district.
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A Year After Historic Mansion in Newark Burned, Former Owner Fights for a Second...

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A plan is underway that could rebuild Newark's historic Kastner Mansion. The effort would restore the facade, keep the brownstone turret and signature portico, and eventually expand the building into the neighboring lot.
Lackawanna Train Tracks East Orange

Traffic Deaths Surged in the Early 20th Century, a Public Works Project to Prevent...

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In the early 20th century, Trollies, trains, horses, bikes, and cars all scrambled on lawless roads. Deaths and injuries were commonplace. To help the situation, the Lackawanna Railroad eliminated 19 deadly grade crossings in Orange and East Orange. The yearlong project, which began in 1922, will soon mark a centennial.
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Preservation Commission Takes Final Stand to Save Historic Hospital in Orange

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About a century ago, a small suburban hospital in Orange, became a sprawling, world-class medical facility funded by the era’s most famous philanthropists. But this landmark institution had a tragic, mysterious ending.
National State Building

New Podcast Tells the Story Behind Buildings, Starting With Some of NJ’s Most Notable

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The American Building podcast series debuts this Tuesday with guest Matthias Hollwich, the architect behind Jersey City’s new Journal Squared tower. Next week will feature Samer Hanini, founder of Hanini Group, followed by Jon Pickard and Martin Ditto.
State Street School Newark Featured

Beloved Newark Chorus Finds New Home in Historic Schoolhouse

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The oldest-standing public school in Newark is getting a long-awaited restoration and will continue its legacy educating young people of color.
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As Construction Boom Continues, Social Media Influencers are Becoming Preservationists

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In the next decade, thousands of new residences in Newark and Jersey City will vie for space with existing landmarks. A new class of social media influencers is hoping they can help salvage this history through stunning imagery.
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Kastner Descendant Dreams of New Life for Historic Newark Mansion

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In 1890, the Kastners bought a plot of land in what was then the German district, and hired a talented, but lost-in-time architect to build them a "beer-baron mansion" with Franz’s initials – FJK – etched over the doorway, a feature that came crashing down earlier this year.
Essex County Jail Preservation

Old Jail Could Inspire Youth to Stay Out of Prison — but Only If...

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What better way to enshrine the lessons we’ve learned from decades of mass incarceration than by transforming the remnants of Newark’s first penitentiary into a gathering place — be it a museum or community center — that might bring about the end of a problematic legacy.
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Jersey City’s Bergen Arches Preservation Coalition Joins High Line Network

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A group that has long promoted a plan to convert an abandoned rail line into a shared-use nature trail just gained membership into a notable non-profit started by the co-founder of Manhattan’s High Line.

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