Borough Hall Murals – Emerson NJ

Project type: Art Works, Murals
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Description

The historic Emerson Borough Hall houses numerous (11) examples of New Deal artwork commissioned by the Federal Art Project (FAP).

“Three of the murals are located in the Lower Level Conference Room; one in the Gun Room; one in the Radio Room; four in the two previously utilized jail cells, now part of the Evidence Locker; and one large mural in the former stage area.”

The murals, listed on the Certification of Eligibility, are:

  • Located on the basement level in the former fireman’s lounge:
    — “Call back the years”
    — “All right you guys, break it up”
    — “Pepe’s Gang”
    — “Firefighters of the Gay Nineties”
    — Untitled mural featuring an octopus
  • Located on the basement level in the former jail cell:
    — “The World’s Meanest: the hit-and-run driver, Version 1”
    — “The World’s Meanest: the hit-and-run driver, Version 2”
    — “Don’t Mix – Alcohol and Gas: Modern Conditions demand clear thinking …, Version 1”
    — “Don’t Mix – Alcohol and Gas: Modern Conditions demand clear thinking …, Version 2”
  • Located on the second floor, in the former community room, now a storage area:
    — “The Stage”
  • A mural of unknown subject that was covered over when the fireplace was covered

Source notes

State of New Jersey: Certification of Eligibility for New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places: https://www.emersonnj.org/vertical/sites/%7B3CE7C79E-1CDE-42D4-BE99-DEDBCE95F9A4%7D/uploads/NJDEP_Certification_of_Eligibility_K_Marcopul_No_address_3-29-18(1).pdf

Building plaque; site visit to view/photograph the murals.

Project originally submitted by Jill McGuire on January 15, 2017.

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Location Info


146 Linwood Ave.
Emerson, NJ 07630

Coordinates: 40.975133, -74.024013

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