Saturday, March 3, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Hudson County Court House

There was a time when public buildings were grander than grand and were decorated to inspire the better angels in all of us.  The Hudson County Court House is one of those places  

Travel across the Hudson River and back in time to a gem hidden in plain sight.   Located on a busy street, in a less than beautiful neighborhood, this building sits proudly on a small grassy knoll, reminding us of a time when Jersey City was a bit grander and bit shinier than it is now. (One could argue that along with NYC's  Tammany Hall era, it was also a time of greater government corruption and suppression, but that's another discussion.)

We will explore the grand staircases, beautiful murals, and hopefully be able to sketch in the Board of Chosen Freeholders room, decorated with Howard Pyle's murals, depicting the early Dutch and English settlements in Hudson County.

Here is an article about the building and the restoration.
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Freeholders Room w Howard Pyle Mural

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DATE: THURSDAY March 8, 2018


                         595 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

DIRECTION:  Take the PATH to Journal Square. The courthouse is a short walk from the station. 
When you exit the station turn right to the corner.  Turn right again onto Pavonia Ave.  Walk one long block and cross Summit Ave. Then turn left turn onto Central Ave. Walk one block to Newark Ave turn right and walk to the Hudson County Courthouse.  Make sure you go to the Hudson County Court House (see picture above ) and not the modern building which is the Hudson County Administrative Offices.  

(Please note: for some reason the map program won't indicate the Hudson Co. Courthouse.  It is pointing to the Admin. Blgd.  Just walk past this to the Courthouse.  You can't miss it! )

You can bring a stool and some lunch, or purchase lunch at one of the delis or fast food places along Newark Ave.  You might want to bring some binoculars to see the murals a bit better. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387

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