The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office presented Building and Land Technology (BLT) with historic preservation awards for its successful restoration of two 20th-century Art Deco buildings in Jersey City, which have been transformed into luxury multifamily apartments.
The recently completed Criterion and Hague apartment buildings, which are located within The Beacon complex, were recognized during the 26th annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards ceremony. The awards honor projects, groups and individuals dedicated to preserving the state’s architectural, archaeological and cultural history. The completion of these properties fulfills BLT’s ambitious effort to thoroughly restore a collection of iconic architectural gems and transform them into a vibrant, urban residential community. Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, The Beacon’s architecturally significant buildings have been re-purposed as a modern living experience, which today is home to more than 2,000 residents, 1,155 apartments and many amenities.
“These buildings were an important part of the fabric of Jersey City dating back to the early 1900s and we could not be prouder to have achieved our vision of reawakening them as an inspired 21st century use that is full of resident activity and once again an asset to Jersey City,” said Mitch Bodner, managing director of BLT. “Our team of specialists was resolutely focused on preserving the unique charm, character and grandeur of the historic spaces while blending them with newly created, modern apartments and amenities. It’s been a rewarding experience to be part of such an important and transformational endeavor.”
The Criterion and Hague buildings contain 241 and 271 apartments, respectively, and join The Beacon collection of ornate buildings that have been masterfully restored to recapture the architectural details and historic grandeur of their Art Deco era origins.
Each building within The Beacon offers its own distinctive character and ambiance. Paramount — a 2015 winner of the New Jersey Historic Preservation Award — soars 23 stories and features some of the most dramatic spaces and distinctive architectural elements found within the residential collection. Its voluminous two-story lobby — with 12 marble columns and a grand stairwell of white and gray marble that leads to a spacious marble-trimmed mezzanine — has been featured in several movies including “The Imposters” and “Quiz Show.”
Tower, a 15-story, 128-unit building, is pet free and smoke free and includes a landscaped zen garden with fire pit, game room and a 15th-floor sky lounge. Found throughout the buildings are 24/7 state-of-the-art fitness centers, Art Deco theaters with oversized screens, children’s play-rooms, resident lounges, Wi-Fi in common areas and landscaped courtyards. Residents also engage in yoga and spin classes, frequent events and assorted food truck festivals — all while enjoying majestic views of Liberty State Park, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Additional community amenities include onsite garage parking, 24-hour community concierge and Smart Key controlled access.
Taking advantage of The Beacon’s location on one of the highest points in Jersey City, the community’s private Overlook Park offers a 45,000-square-foot, landscaped oasis with seating areas, fire tables and grills set against the backdrop of the Manhattan sky-line and New York Harbor. There’s also a two-acre park with children’s playground, organic garden and dog runs. The recreation areas place The Beacon among the greenest urban residential communities in the region.
Bridging the gap between historic charm and modern comfort, The Beacon’s newly created rental residences are contemporary and chic. Studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments with unique floor plans feature high ceilings and gourmet chef’s kitchens with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and garbage disposals. Elegant baths are adorned with cultured marble vanity tops, tiled floors and glass shower doors. Each residence also offers central heating and air conditioning and individual washers and dryers.
The apartments are priced from $1,595 a month, with immediate occupancy available. Beacon residents enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the Grove Street and Exchange Place PATH/Ferry Stations and proximity to Jersey City’s vibrant downtown district, which includes numerous restaurants, cafes, coffee houses and cultural attractions. In addition, the new Citi Bike Jersey City bike-sharing program includes a station at The Beacon.