The Beacon is currently the largest historic residential restoration project in the country

JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, which has served the Hudson County business community since 1888, announced today a special Hudson County History Series with the first event highlighting “The History of Jersey City” at the historic Beacon in downtown Jersey City. The event will be held on Tuesday March 23, 2010, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Hudson County History Series features various towns and cities located throughout Hudson County with particular focus on the historic significance and changing dynamics that characterize each community. The first evening of local history and business networking will consist of a historical restoration tour of The Beacon, a collection of art deco buildings built in the 1930s to serve as the Jersey City Medical Center before being converted into an award-winning, luxury mixed-use development.

“The Beacon was an obvious choice for the inaugural event of the Hudson County History Series as this community is the largest historic residential restoration project in the country and a true testament to the historical significance Jersey City holds,” noted Brian J. Dunlap, President and CEO of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.

“The preservation of such an iconic landmark is a pleasure for us to showcase and share with the public, and will serve as an ideal setting for our business network event. We’re confident the public will take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience this wonderful and compelling look into Jersey City’s storied past.”

The Beacon tour will be given by Ulana Zakalak, the development’s Historic Restoration Consultant, and will detail the remarkable grandeur of the interior spaces which has been immaculately restored by refurbishing and preserving the original chandeliers, marble, terracotta details, terrazzo flooring, brass elevator door surrounds and windows, and utilizing historic paint analysis to match gold and silver leafing to the original colors schemes.

The tour will be followed by a book signing by Cynthia Harris & Leon Yost, co-authors of the 2010 book “Changing Jersey City: A History in Photographs”; and a lecture on Journal Square History “A Suspended Place”, given by Dr. Eric Friedman.

The History of Jersey City takes place Tuesday, March 23, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 4 Beacon Way (at Montgomery St. & Mill Rd.) in Jersey City, NJ. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. The registration fee is $25.00 for Hudson County Chamber of Commerce members and $40.00 for non members. Payment is required upon registration. Convenient valet parking will be available for $5.00.

To register please contact Janet Estremera at 201-386-0699, ext. 27; email or visit .

For more information on The Beacon, visit


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