WHAT: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will receive the highest annual honor from the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee for the $13 million restoration of the oldest building on campus, a 35,000-square foot, three-story gothic Victorian castle, known as Eberhardt Hall.
WHY: “Eberhardt Hall is by far the oldest building on any Newark campus and certainly one of the finest,” said Douglas Eldridge, executive director of the committee. “Your project is one of the most impressive we have seen in Newark in recent years.”
WHEN: Feb. 28, 2006, 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Eberhardt Hall, intersection MLK Blvd and Central Ave., Newark
HOW: Contact Sheryl Weinstein (973-596-3436 to reserve parking. Please ask for professional quality photos available to media.
HISTORY: The building was designed as an orphan asylum in 1857 by noted 19th century church architect John Welch. Today it is considered a rare example of Victorian architecture. The university purchased the castle in 1948 from the late industrialist Frederick Eberhardt, an alumnus, long-time university friend and former trustee. The exterior was restored using authentic 19th-century materials — red brick and brownstone with mortars chemically matched to those used by the original builders. Inside, the public areas on the first floor were restored, with simulated gaslight fixtures, authentic reproductions of late Victorian wallpapers and wood trims. Restorations include the creation of a grand, central lobby, board room, dining room and more.