The first phase of Liberty Harbor, a 28-block project near the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey, is nearly complete, with a dense collection of multi-story structures ranging from glass-box Modernist townhouses to traditional buildings with robust architectural embellishment.
Two four-story corner apartment buildings designed by Erik Vogt and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt feature stone bases, ornamented brick walls, generous fenestration, and cornices decorated with gold-colored stars. The strikingly deep cornice eaves are supported by steel brackets evoking the corona of the Statue of Liberty, which can be seen from the 86-acre development.
Members of the CNU New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Chapter were impressed, for the most part, when they toured the development, which Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. planned in a 1999 charrette. “The bay windows throughout the project definitely give Liberty Harbor a sense of identity, and the English basement retail units seem to be a good way of utilizing space that can’t be residential due to the flood zone status,” says Zeke Mermell of Cooper, Robertson & Partners.
The first 215 housing units — including five-story luxury townhouses with elevators, single-level townhouse suites in three-story buildings, four-story brownstones with three residential levels above ground-floor retail, and eight-story