The former Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital is a historic gem long beloved by many and long endangered by the elements, politics and neglect. Now there is a chance to revive this national treasure, but maybe only by MAY 30 (see below).
A grand Victorian castle which was a monument to mental healthcare when it opened and a symbol for the system’s abuses in later decades, it was the building with the largest single foundation until the Pentagon, and remains an architectural marvel in some of New Jersey’s last remaining unspoiled land.
Gradually depopulated with the rise of psychiatric medicines and community care since the 1970s, the building is in disrepair but very sturdy (climate and vandals have taken their toll but the fortress-like exterior was built to last centuries and is only in its second, having been built in 1876).
Public sentiment is widespread to save the abandoned building (among history buffs; those who wish to see a memorial to both the good and bad trends in mental healthcare; green-building advocates; and others). Government has not been so sympathetic. But the current Christie administration in good faith commissioned engineering and architectural studies to determine the structure’s viability and the possibility of redevelopment. These studies have now been made public, and a Request for Expression of Interest by any firms enthusiastic to advance a plan to save this treasure is up as well, all at this url:
The deadline for submissions is MAY 30, 2013 -- not a lot of time has been given for this and as the nonprofit advocacy group Preserve Greystone spreads the word to architectural firms and preservation officials, we’re learning that none have been notified by the state. But a resource like the PreservationDirectory.com can help identify candidates, so all who are reading this are encouraged to disseminate the above information.
Preserve Greystone itself can be contacted at:
ground: P.O. Box 190, Mt. Tabor, NJ 07878
Keywords: greystone, adaptive reuse, tax-credit, deadline
Posted: May 20, 2013
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