Wednesday, October 7, 2009

City Hall - Orange, NJ

The old Orange City Hall was originally constructed in 1869 as the Day Street School. It was sold and converted into City Hall in 1906, and served in that capacity until 2002 - when a new city hall was constructed a few blocks away on the east side of town.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Columbus Hall - Orange, NJ

Construction of Columbus Hall, the parish school of Saint John's, was commenced in 1892 at the head of Ridge Street on top of a small hill just north of Main Street. It was named after Christopher Columbus (not surprising given its year of construction [which commemorated the 400th anniversary of his discovery]), who had a statue dedicated in his honor at the front entrance of the school. The school officially opened just over two years later on December 1st, 1894.

Today the building is still partially used as a school, but is no longer the bustling center of learning it once was.