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Hudson County

Hudson County is named for the Henry Hudson, who was a English explorer.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bergen County

E – New York County, New York

S – Richmond County, New York

W – Union County, Essex County and Bergen County

 

Created:  February 22, 1840                                                      Map of New Jersey highlighting Hudson County

County Seat:

Jersey City  1840 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Jersey City  

 

Location:  583 Newark Avenue / Baldwin Avenue

Built:  1906 – 1910

Style:  Beaux Arts and Classical Revival

Architect:  Hugh Roberts of New Jersey

Contractor:  Wells Brothers of New York, New York and John Gill & Son of Cleveland, Ohio

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a six story gray colored granite and concrete structure. The building is located on a rise on landscaped grounds in the center of Jersey City and is constructed of granite quarried in Hallowell, Maine. The northeast front has a projecting center section with three arched entrances on the first story and four Corinthian columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with large windows between on the second story. At the top is a large stone pediment. The roof is hipped. The courthouse is constructed of granite quarried in Hallowell, Maine. The front a frieze above the main entrance bearing the inscription “Precedent Makes Law; If You Stand Well, Stand Still.” The courthouse, topped by a copper cupola that supports a victory torch. The interior has colorful pearl, gray and green-veined marbles, golden light fixtures, yellow, green, and blue paint. Standing in the great central court, three stories above is the magnificent rotunda to a dome whose outer rim is painted with the signs of the zodiac and whose center is an eye of stained glass worthy of Tiffany. There are eight courtrooms. The building is named as the Justice William J Brennan Jr. Courthouse. The building was restored in 1985.

 

Note:  John Gill & Son of Cleveland, Ohio completed the interior and furnishings.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hudson County Court House

 

County Courthouse / Administration – Jersey City  

 

 

Location:  595 Newark Avenue / Central Avenue

Built:  1955 – 1957

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Joseph Comparetto, A J Mascolo and George J Masumian

Contractor:  Terminal Construction Corporation

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a ten story glass and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Jersey City on the northwest side of the old courthouse. Vertical concrete dividers run between the glass windows. On the northeast front is an extended two story section with the main entrance. The roof line is flat. The building was expanded in 1964 to 1966

 

History:  The county was created in 1840 and Jersey City was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a classic Neo-Greek revival structure designed and built by William Kirk and Thomas Thomas, carpenter, and William Brown, mason, from 1844 to 1845. The building was demolished in 1910. The plans were used to build the courthouse in Ocean County which courthouse still stands. The second courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1910 at a cost of $3,328,017. The third and present courthouse and administration building was constructed in 1955 to 1957.

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Jersey City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse / Administration – Jersey City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2017