Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse

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Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse
Powerhouse Morgan St JC jeh.jpg
Powerhouse is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Powerhouse
Powerhouse
Location 60-84 Bay Street, Jersey City, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°43′14″N 74°2′10″W / 40.72056°N 74.03611°W / 40.72056; -74.03611Coordinates: 40°43′14″N 74°2′10″W / 40.72056°N 74.03611°W / 40.72056; -74.03611
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1908
Architect John Oakman
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 01001256[1]
NJRHP # 1570[2]
Added to NRHP November 23, 2001

The Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse, also known as the Jersey City Powerhouse in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, was built in 1908. The powerhouse made possible the subway system between New Jersey and New York for the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad (which became PATH in 1963). The powerhouse was closed in 1929 and used as a storage place for railroad equipment. In the 1990s, the building was cited by Preservation New Jersey as one of the state's ten most endangered historic sites. The powerhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 2001.[1][3] It is located near the Harborside Financial Center and Harsimus Cove on the Hudson River waterfront in an area undergoing much redevelopment. Efforts to stabilize the powerhouse from further deterioration began July 2009 and will continue through 2010. In 2011 the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to transfer its 55% ownership of the building to its co-owner, Jersey City, in exchange for a nearby lot where they will build an underground electric sub-station.[4] It has been determined that the iconic smokestacks cannot be salvaged and will be removed.[5]

The Powerhouse pictured in 2006 before renovations began.

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