Northern loves helping restore Art Deco buildings. And the old Jersey City Medical Center represented the largest local collection needing rehabilitation. But we were shocked to find out that the 2 million square foot complex might be Haunted! At least that is what was just reported by Jersey Digs.

Northern Architectural Systems provided more than 5,000 custom designed and manufactured windows as part of the adaptive re-use of the 14-acre hospital complex into a mixed-use residential development now known as THE BEACON. Metrovest Equities, along with the help of architects RKT&B and Mark Lipton Associates, and structural engineer GACE Consulting, has executed a deep rehabilitation in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Guidelines for Historic Rehabilitation, including rebuilding and restoring the buildings’ entire façades using the strictest of methods and materials and restoring the protected interior spaces.

Perhaps it’s the superior restoration that helps conjure the past. There has been chatter at The Beacon about hearing sounds of shuffling and doors slamming shut. In any case, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Historic Preservation Office awarded an Outstanding Contribution of Excellence Award to the architects and contractors early on in the reconstruction.

The rehabilitation of Jersey City Medical Center into The Beacon represents a massive recycling and adaptive re-use effort of buildings that are listed on both the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places. They are the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the state and Northern Architectural Systems is proud to add them to the growing list of historic renovation projects to which we have successfully contributed.