Spring has sprung and as new flowers begin to bloom we celebrate preservation month, taking time to reflect and honor the safeguarding of the past. Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, preservation month is the perfect time to celebrate why #ThisPlaceMatters.
This year, the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy (JCLC) will be running multiple events in honor of this reflective month. To kick off the festivities, JCLC will be hosting a walking tour in Jersey City Heights on Saturday, May 13th from 2pm to 4pm. The tour will include the antiquity of Riverview-Fisk Park and Holland Street, one of the only cobblestone streets remaining in Jersey City. Led by John Gomez, an architectural historian and one of the founders of the JCLC, the tour will begin at the southeastern corner of Palisade Avenue and Bowers Street. Tickets are just $5 for this not-to-be-missed Holland Street Walking Tour.
On Sunday, May 21st from 1pm to 3pm, there will be a walking tour of the Van Vorst Park area of Jersey City. This tour, also led by John Gomez, will begin at City Hall and highlight Hampton Court Terrace, a set of seven row houses well known for their distinct facades and ornate architectural elements. Learn more about the rich history of the handsome homes on Hampton Court Terrace. Sponsored by Dixon Advisory USA in honor of preservation month, the tour will be FREE. Just remember to sign up for your complimentary ticket of the Van Vorst Park Walking Tour.
To top it off, the JCLC will be hosting the 17th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 25th appropriately being held at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre. When asked why people should attend this ceremony, JCLC President, Ms. Norrice Raymaker, said, “If you’re passionate about local history, you’ll enjoy this evening with architects, artisans and owners discussing the restoration journeys that contribute to Jersey City’s rich culture, beautiful architecture and well-preserved history.” As Jersey City continues to change and develop, supporting the concerted efforts of these preservationists is more important than ever. The JCLC Awards Ceremony honors those fighting to preserve the city’s monuments, parks and open spaces for future generations. Tickets for the event are $40 and include appetizers, dessert, coffee, tea, wine and beer. Doors open at 6:30pm, the ceremony begins at 7:30pm, and a special tour of the theater will commence at 8:30pm. Purchase your tickets for the JCLC 17th Annual Preservation Ceremony today.