Emerson, NJ Fights to Save Borough Hall and Murals

The Works Progress Administration built Emerson’s Borough Hall in 1938-39. The Federal Art Project employed two artists, including Albert C. Haring and one unknown artist, to create murals in Borough Hall. The building has seven murals in its basement. Emerson is considering renovating, or outright replacing, Borough Hall. While the Borough Council acknowledges the importance of potentially preserving the murals, it is not committed to preserving the front of the building, despite its historical significance. Emerson’s mayor stated that “As far as the front of the building, again, we will listen to the architect’s recommendation and decide accordingly.” Read more about the battle to save the building and its murals. You can also contact Jill McGuire of the Emerson Historic Preservation Committee at [email protected].

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