The move forms part of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s wider goals of transforming Journal Square, where the museum will be located, into a regional hub for culture — and the city into a “larger destination for the arts,” according to a press release.
Architecture firm the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been tasked with renovating the historic Pathside Building, which was built in 1912. Originally an office for the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, it was used by Hudson Community College until 2017.
Dating back to 1912, the Pathside Building will be renovated ahead of the museum’s 2024 opening. Credit: Courtesy OMA
Architect Jason Long, who will lead the renovation, said in a press statement that the Pathside Building is “a historic structure rich with potential.” Jersey City officials meanwhile said that “historic elements” of the building, including terracotta and cast stone detailing and original brick masonry, will be preserved and restored.
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Serge Lasvignes, the president of Centre Pompidou, said in a press statement that the Jersey City project would “open a dialogue with the USA.” Mayor Fulop is meanwhile quoted as saying that the partnership marks the “latest major step towards (Jersey City’s) broader revitalization goals.”