Newark Museum

Newark, New Jersey

BCA is the historic preservation consultant to The Newark Museum for its Centennial Anniversary Signature Project, a master plan for strategic expansion. To meet long-term programmatic needs, the Signature Project requires extensive alteration of the Museum campus, which is located in a New Jersey and National Register Historic District. BCA is providing ongoing planning assistance to guide the Museum in its decisions about how new construction will impact the historic buildings on its campus. This assistance includes extensive archival research and documentation to understand the historic significance of the campus, design review of proposed new construction and alterations to ensure that work is in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, and coordination of all consultations preservation agencies, with the goal of reaching mutually satisfactory solutions.

"That document on the Polhemus House is AWESOME. No one has ever made such a thorough and water-tight case for the preservation of this house, with such an astonishing collection of historical documentation and visual support.  Even as you systematically demolish the nagging and eroneous myth of the Underground Railroad, you gird up the facts that make this rare surviving house into something that is irreplaceable as a piece of Newark's architectural history.  Of course, I have not really read every single page, but I've skimmed through enough to understand the breathtaking work you have done.
The Polhemus House will be restored, although as what is still unsure. That doesn't really matter, because you have provided enough evidence to form the basis of a "period" restoration a generation from now.  It will be saved, and it will become part of the Signature Project--and in the first stage of the Signature Project, the Polhemus House will be a potent symbol of the importance of the overall project as a cultural beacon in Newark, and the house's restoration will, ultimately, give us leverage in completing the second phase of the project."

Ulysses Grant Dietz
Senior Curator
Curator of Decorative Arts
Newark Museum

Materials: Brick, Finishes, Stone, Wood
Related services: Conditions Surveys, Cost Estimating, Measured Drawings, Field Testing, Finishes Analysis, Historic Structure Report, Inspection Services, Lab Testing, Landmarks, Master Plans, Probes, Research, Specifications