New Jersey Historical Society

Former Essex Club Renovations

Newark, NJ

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Restoration of this designated landmark, former home of the Essex Club, and adaptation of the building to become the new home of the New Jersey Historical Society, the state’s oldest cultural institution (circa 1845). The entire 5 floor, 37,000 SF building was completely gutted and restored.

Architect

Ford Farewell Mills and Gatsch, Princeton, NJ

Client

The New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ

Features

  • new entrance lobby and museum shop area
  • restoration of monumental cast iron staircase
  • custom millwork and specialty lighting
  • restoration of the Georgian-influenced brick and caststone façade including replacement of stone and
    masonry, and reconstruction of a portion of the balustrade and cornice
  • restoration of existing architectural elements from the 70 year old building
  • new lecture rooms, classrooms, and an interactive chil dren’s gallery
  • new library, stack rooms, and reading rooms
  • full restoration of chandeliers
  • complete new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems
  • upgraded voice, data, and climate control systems

Services

Construction Management