Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy Seeking Nominations for Preservation Awards

The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is looking for nominees for its annual Preservation Awards ceremony in May, National Preservation Month.

The main prize up for grabs is the Excellence in Preservation award, which has been given to multiple recipients in the same year. The award is given in recognition of superb bricks-and-mortar restoration, materials conservation, sustainable function and design and architectural adaptive reuse of a historic building, site, district or object. Last year’s winners were those behind the careful restoration 100 South St. and the restoration and adaptive reuse of the 1896 Hook & Ladder No. 3 carriage house at 218 Central Ave., both in the Jersey City Heights.

There are other categories as well which recognize grassroots community advocacy, site stewardship, written or creative historical works and living legends:

Preservation Initiative Award: Given in recognition of inspiring non-physical preservation efforts, visionary stewardship and creative curatorial resourcefulness carried out by an individual, institution, organization or business.

J. Owen Grundy History Award: Named for the late master historian and given in recognition of written or visual works or a body of work that captures and gives life to historical events, periods and people.

Thoedore Conrad Preservationist Award: Named for the late preeminent preservationist and given in recognition of commendable citizen-led, grassroots advocacy campaigns for built, planned or nature- based sites and monuments.

Jersey City Legend Award: Given to an individual who has achieved a lifetime of civic accomplishment and encompasses, through his or her vocation and canon, the historical spirit and legacy of Jersey City.

To nominate someone, email President John Hallanan at jclandmarks[at] or call 201-456-0486. For more information, visit their website.

On a related note, if you’ve procrastinated on getting a calendar for 2013, JCLC still has copies of their Jersey City Restored 2013 Calendar available for purchase. Each month features a picture of a historic or otherwise significant site in JC as well as information about its history and restoration. Some of the places included are the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, the Van Wagenen House and the Central Railroad Terminal.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.