The power plant in Jersey City – a beautiful historic Engineering


Power station in Jersey City – one of the most spectacular architectural attractions in the city. Once decorated with an electric motor PATH rapid transit system, the power plant stands as a rare reminder of the glorious gilded and industrial era America. The New York Times called it "the cathedral … a masterpiece of masonry." This major historical campaign to preserve hopes to ensure that elected officials and future developers pilot learned about opportunities Powerhouse become a mass cultural and / or commercial property waterfront.

Jersey City lawyer William McAdoo built it. President Theodore Roosevelt is activated. Thomas Edison toured it. And the four professional photographers to document it issued – Power Hudson & Manhattan Railway in Jersey city center.

A relic of the industrial age of Jersey City, a power plant – is a Romanesque Revival structure, built in 1908, McAdoo among others. The power plant runs on coal, which creates steam, which is led by transformers, and has become a source of electricity for trains and H & M stations, including the Hudson Terminal, where the World Trade Center today.

On the first day of operation of power plants February 25, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt sent a telegram from the White House, instructing engineers to enable the first train, which will run through a series of tunnels and pipes under the river Gudjon from Newark to New York. This is a historic event for the first time linked the island of Manhattan to the rest of the country.

In 1929, the power plant stopped working, and the subway system has evolved in the PATH system. Since the roof has deteriorated, windows were broken, and the boilers, turbines and Dynamo have been sold for scrap. Children in the neighborhood call it "Castle of Frankenstein."

Despite the neglect, the structure remains rigid, and it is a question of turning it into a museum or shopping mall. Meanwhile, environmental kanservatyv Jersey City hopes to see power in the list of New Jersey Register of Historic Places.


Directly across the Hudson River from the World Trade Center, the plant is located one block from the waterfront where the ferries and water taxis from the lower and midtown Manhattan. It is a few blocks from three different PATH stations – a journey in the metro from the World Trade Center is 3 minutes, and the longest journey – from 33th Street and 6th Avenue in less than 15 minutes. For visitors who are traveling by car, it is less than one mile from New Jersey Turpik and Holland Tunnel, as well as possible on-site parking. In addition, three station Hudson-Bergen Light Railroad are just a short walk from the station.


The power plant is surrounded by new office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, luxury residential complexes; restored historic districts; and the nearby attractions of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Liberty State Park and the Liberty Science Center.

The site is located across the street from the County "WALDO" Jersey City. This is an eight-zone historic warehouses, in which the artist, and only artists are allowed to live. In WALDO already has one building with 300 artists' studios and one that is being developed for 133 jobs. In the near future it will be developed several other storage areas, as well as the planned establishment of a middle school of arts, theaters, restaurants, galleries and other retailers.

GREAT Engineering

Steel framed structure and the outer brick wall thickness of 28 "There are twelve lines of columns extending from north to south, and fourteen lines running east to west Most big windows -.. 1300 square feet each (the largest in the its kind on the East coast)), and on the east side – sliding door for under & # 39;.. riding, big enough for a railway car Lookout roof measuring 200 x 200 feet opens wide and unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline.


The power plant is located in the state of urban enterprise zone and applies for grants, loans with low interest rates reduced sales taxes and other benefits.

Since the building is entitled to a historic mission, will be available tax credits amounting to 20% of the cost of redevelopment.

New building codes reuse in New Jersey to save 10% – 30% for repairs.

New Jersey has made millions in the construction of the Performing Arts Center in Newark, and can do the same here.

Alterations would save the cost of wear Portavay administration in the range of $ 50 million – savings that can be shared with the developer.


The inauguration of the power plant in 1908 was so important that President Theodore Roosevelt, who was sitting in the White House threw a switch.

The power plant provides electricity not only "Hudson Tubes" (now known as PATH), but also the world's largest office complex "Hadsanskiya terminals".


"It's like some ancient, partly destroyed the cathedral … A masterpiece of masonry."
-Krystafer Gray, The New York Times, November 18, 1990

"Elegant rough steel and brick".
-Steve Strunsky, The New York Times, September 12, 1999

"One of the most impressive examples of urban industrial power system as a type of building, whose survival is becoming increasingly rare."
-Dorotsi P. Guzzo, the State Service for Historic Preservation New Jersey 1999

The power station has sounded noticeably in The New York Times.

Detailed information will be found on the preservation of the city's attractions Jersey: http: //www.jclandmarks.orgar