Bayonne Community Museum
Bayonne Trust Company
|Location||229-231 Broadway, Bayonne, New Jersey|
|Area||0.9 acres (0.36 ha)|
|Built by||Wells & Marvin|
|Architect||Lansing C. Holden, Sr.|
|Architectural style||Beaux Arts|
|NRHP reference #||06000693|
|Added to NRHP||August 8, 2006|
|Designated NJRHP||April 20, 2006|
Designed by architect Lansing C. Holden, Sr., the Bayonne Trust Company building is an excellent example of Beaux-Arts architecture. The general contractor for the building was Wells & Marvin of New York, and the granite work was done by the George Brown Company. Construction began on May 1, 1912, with a budget of $100,000, but it cost $150,000 when completed. The bank opened on November 8, 1913. The Commercial Trust Company, its first occupant, was dissolved in 1948, and the building was sold to the United Jersey Bank. It was subsequently owned by Summit Bank and Fleet National Bank. FleetBoston Financial, which merged with Summit Bancorp in 2001, sold the bank building to the city on December 19, 2001.
Until its purchase by the City of Bayonne, the building had been used as a bank, which has contributed to the preservation of its architectural integrity. The bank was remodeled in the 1970s. The remodeling involved adding drop ceilings that covered up three stained glass windows. The original bronze doors were replaced with double doors of contemporary glass and bronze oxidized aluminum in 1979. The two-story Vermont granite-clad structure features paired, fluted Ionic columns flanking the front door, with segmented arch windows over the doorway. The entrance is in a pediment portico. The stone lintel over the door has the engraving "Incorporated 1902." The original four-riser granite stairs to the entrance are in good condition as is the contemporary wrought iron railing, which is not original to the building. A large gilt lamp adorns each side of the entrance.
Fleet Bank donated the building to the city of Bayonne in October 2002. The building is now known as the Bayonne Community Museum planned to open after the completion of the renovation of the facility and installation of its first exhibition. The non-profit organization is creating a collection which contains variety of artifacts and other donated objects. In September 2010 the museum received $240,000 from Hudson County for continued realization of the redevelopment of the building. While the project has exceeded the original $3.1 million projected costs, work proceeds, including the restoration of the terrazzo floor. In January 2012, the Bayonne City Council authorized $175,000 contract for the installation of a HVAC system.
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- "Bayonne museum eyes opening". NJ.com. October 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
City officials plan to open the new Bayonne Community Museum in the former Fleet Bank building at 231 Broadway by early spring next year, said Henry Sanchez, president of the Board of Trustees for Bayonne Community Museum.
- Charles Hack. "Bayonne museum eyes opening". NJ.com. October 22, 2009
-  Hudson Reporter
- Tax Exempt organizations
- "Bayonne Community Museum nearly finished". Bayonne Weekly. October 29, 2009
- City of Bayonne press release Archived July 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine BayonneNJ.org. November 27, 2007.