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The Old Essex County Jail in Newark, New Jersey

The Old Essex County Jail in Newark, New Jersey

Madeline Berry, Xianqi Fan, Gabriela Figuereo, Shivali Gaikwad, Shreya Ghoshal, Rob Kesack, Janine Lang, Myron Wang, Maura Whang, Qianye Yu, Daniella Zamora

Taught in two parallel sections, this studio engaged the site of the Old Essex County Jail in Newark, New Jersey. The original structure was built to designs by the notable Philadelphia architect John Haviland in 1837, with additions in 1890, 1895, and 1905. The site was decommissioned as a jail in 1971, but was used for storage and office space until its complete abandonment in the 1990s. The jail was listed on the New Jersey State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1991. However, a devastating fire in 2001 destroyed a number of buildings and set the site on a path of accelerated deterioration due to open roofs and collapsed walls. Today the site, owned by the City of Newark, lies within the University Heights Science Park and has been slated for UHSP development.

Belmont Freeman’s section focused on Architectural Design and looked at options for new programming and building on the site. Students developed detailed proposals for new construction for institutional reuse like a technology center or a charter school hub, and also explored housing options.

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