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A Train Station Harry Potter would love!   Leave a comment

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A Train Station Harry Potter would love!

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The historic Bound Brook eastbound train station is about to be restored by DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS.   Open web trusses that support an old-style corrugated metal roof that spans the platform and a brick and tile waiting room will be saved from further deterioration and restored to their original splendor.

Preservation plans by DKA were approved by the State Historic Preservation Office, New Jersey Transit, and the Department of Transportation and construction will begin this winter.  The Central Jersey Railroad began in 1830 and eventually extended from Scranton to the Jersey City Terminal with Ferry Crossing to New York City.  Hundreds of commuters still use the New Jersey Transit Line each day.  Old documents report that the important Bound Brook Station accommodated 1,700 passengers per day and over 100,000 tons of freight each year at its peak.  When the line was extended across the Delaware River in 1856 to connect to the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company a third rail was added to adjust for the two different gauges of track used by the DL&W line (broad gauge) and the CNJ (standard gauge).

DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS provided materials analysis to match brick, mortar, interior tiles and terracotta.  Their design will restore the platform and eastbound waiting room to its original condition.   Planning is complicated by the fact that trains will pass within inches of the renovation during construction.

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Posted November 14, 2011 by Dennis Kowal Architects in Historic Preservation

First New Jersey Library to receive historic makeover in Hoboken   2 comments

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First New Jersey Library to receive historic makeover in Hoboken

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New built-in bookshelves, display cases and a terrazzo floor reminiscent of the upstairs detailing shall be created at the base of this existing staircase

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The 115 year old Hoboken Library, the first New Jersey Library constructed under the 1894 General Library Act, will receive a $1.5 million makeover.  In the first phase of a series of planned improvements, DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS will stabilize the exterior and give life to the virtually abandoned lower level.   Plagued by flooding and decay, the lowest level will undergo a rigorous set of upgrades to once again become a public space including a program room and art gallery.  In addition, some of the area ways will be reinvented to provide an outdoor café and garden space.  Inside, the Friends of the Library will be given a fresh and safe place to sell donated books in a new bookstore and staff will gain a much needed staff room and storage space.

DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS also prepared the grant application documents to obtain the $1.5 million New Jersey Historic Trust matched grant.  The design received both the approval of the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Trust.

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New acoustical panel bulletin boards which are a reminder of the slate blackboards that once hung on the walls of this basement lecture hall contribute to the atmosphere and sound of this newly created Program Room. An areaway, once used for trash receptacles, will be enlarged and redesigned as an outdoor café for reading used books.
The significant history of the Hoboken Library included a design competition. Dennis J. Kowal AIA unveils the new plans at a public presentation in the Main Reading Room of the Library last Thursday.The significant history of the Hoboken Library included a design competition.
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Posted November 1, 2011 by Dennis Kowal Architects in Historic Preservation, Library