A Converted Jersey City Church is Reborn as Lafayette House, Offering Residences Steeped in History

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Lafayette House is within a converted church building.

A golden opportunity to reside in a piece of history that blends classic form with contemporary design is now available in this converted Jersey City church that dates back to 1860.

Situated at 328 Pacific Avenue in Bergen-Lafayette, the striking church has been reborn as Lafayette House. This residential building contains 42 rental units and is an inviting sanctuary steeped in history while outfitted to fulfill the demands of modern living. From the church’s preserved and restored notable characteristics to the quality fixtures and finishes throughout the units, residents will appreciate the careful consideration that was undertaken to revitalize this exceptional piece of local history.

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The preservation and meticulous re-imagining of the church is apparent throughout the careful conversion of the property. Developed by Vreeland Projects and designed by Devino Aiello and Associates (DA+A), Lafayette House is the latest chapter in the church’s rich legacy. The building’s impressive original pressed-brick and cut-brownstone façade, cornice, and wrought iron fencing welcome residents to their historic homes.

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The church’s history was well-documented over the decades, with records celebrating its vibrant past and importance in the local community. In addition to various pastoral leaderships and roles in civil rights movements, the Lafayette Methodist Episcopal Church – predecessor Methodist parish to St. John’s A.M.E. – was the first Hudson County institution to establish a competitive basketball league, with the Lafayette King’s Sons team formed in 1897. The building also had notable refurbishments throughout the years, including the commissioning of a “Christ the Good Shepherd” memorial stained-glass window following the nearby infamous 1916 munitions explosion incident.

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Living area.

Upon entering the building, residents are greeted by original bricks, a traditional floor in the lobby, and a Gothic window form. The redesign of the property incorporates elements that pay tribute to the past, with the residences embracing a classic monochromatic color palette that offers homage to Lafayette House’s heritage. The historical aspects of the building are further acknowledged by soaring ceilings with track lighting, imported leaded glass windows, and 7” wood flooring.

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There are one and two-bedroom units available.
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Open floorplans with large windows.

With a mixture one- and two-bedroom units available, including duplex penthouses with lofted areas and skylights, Lafayette House provides residents with comfortable, stylish homes. Open floor plans effortlessly flow, creating a sense of spaciousness, while the modern kitchens feature unique metallic orange stone backsplashes, premium stainless-steel appliances, and ample cabinetry.

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Some kitchens feature a breakfast bar.
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Kitchens feature metallic orange stone backsplashes.

Light filled bedrooms with built-in closets provide a peaceful, private space for residents. The units include either one or two-bathrooms, depending on the floor plan, that contain 8×8″ hexagon tile flooring, chic vanities, and quality fixtures. Some bathrooms feature tub-showers while others have standing showers.

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Lafayette House includes contemporary amenities so you can easily unwind while at home. A virtual doorman and Tulu’s smart rental unit offer optimal convenience while the residents’ lounge, first-floor courtyard, and captivating rooftop deck are perfect for relaxing or socializing. The building’s fully equipped fitness center provides you an ideal space to work out without having to leave home.

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Fitness center.

The prime location of Lafayette House positions residents close to everything they could desire to enjoy an exciting Bergen-Lafayette lifestyle. The charming neighborhood features tree-lined streets and brownstones, along with Liberty State Park and Liberty Science Center practically on your doorstep. Numerous other nearby parks, such as Lafayette Park with a playground, ball-field and pool, ensure your weekends are full of adventures.

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Lafayette House provides residents with comfortable, stylish homes.

For residents who enjoy exploring all the latest cafes and restaurants, you’ll be pleased to hear the local dining scene continues to expand with new flavors popping up each season. Be prepared to taste test everything from quick bites at casual cafes and coffee shops through to carefully curated menus at fine dining restaurants. Some local dining highlights for you to visit include Pinwheel Garden Dumpling and Noodle Bar, Café Lafayette, Harry’s Daughter, Mordi’s Sandwich Shop, Plant Base, and The Grind.

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Living at Lafayette House means you have multiple transit options to help you effortlessly travel around Jersey City and commute to NYC. Take advantage of the easy access to Manhattan from the Grove Street Path Station or Exchange Place. Alternatively, hop on one of the regular trains at Liberty State Park Light Rail Station and travel directly to Exchange Place. Journal Square Transportation Center also has PATH train services to both Lower and Midtown Manhattan while the bus service goes to NYC, Newark Liberty International Airport, and more.

Don’t miss your golden opportunity to live at Lafayette House where history is preserved and modern comforts are plentiful.

For more information on pricing, incentives, or to arrange a viewing, please contact Modern Spaces at the Lafayette House Leasing Office at [email protected] or 201-380-4281.


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