Peter Stuyvesant Monument


Posted April 19, 2015


Read the incredible story and view photographs via The Jersey Journal. And please implore Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop at to make every effort to assist the local preservation community in preserving this vital public monument!


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Next Phases: Recreation of Original Base + Reinstatement to Bergen Square in Jersey City, New Jersey


"Jersey City and Hudson County Contribute Toward Pedestal for Restored Peter Stuyvesant Statue"

Saturday, July 14, 2012, 3:00 AM

By Charles Hack for The Jersey Journal

The $9,000 restoration of the Peter Stuyvesant statue is complete. A replica of the original pedestal will cost $75,000 to build.

Jersey City and Hudson County have agreed to donate $65,000 for a new pedestal for the Peter Stuyvesant statue that commemorates the location of the village that grew to become Jersey City.

A $9,000 restoration of the 98-year-old statue of the governor of New Netherlands who authorized the Village of Bergen to be built in 1660 is complete.

But before the gleaming 9-foot bronze statue can return to its original location in front of School 11 on Bergen Avenue, a new foundation and pedestal must be built, said John Hallanan, president of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, which is managing the project.

The estimated cost of building a replica of the original granite-clad pedestal with wings, benches and carved sailing ships, is $75,000.

Hallanan says the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy will have cobbled together enough funding to complete the project well before the statue’s 100th anniversary in October 2013.

The city has agreed to provide some $40,000. The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to provide $25,000 from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. Hallanan hopes that fundraising efforts planned this fall will cover the balance.

Maryanne Kelleher, director of the Division of Cultural Affairs, said that although the city has agreed to help fund the project, the city has also asked the Board of Education and Hudson County Community College to make a contribution.

So far the school district and the college have refused to chip in any funds, according to officials.

The statue’s existing pedestal was destroyed in 2010 when the statue was removed from in front of the school, also named the Martin Luther King Jr. School. The plan had been to replace the Stuyvesant statue with one of King, but funding for the new statue fell through.

Hudson County Community College had wanted to move the Stuyvesant statue to a public park in front of the Culinary School at Sip Avenue and Van Reypen Street. But after preservationists balked, saying it had to stay on Bergen Avenue at the heart of the four-block Village, the statue remained in storage until the restoration project started last year.

In 1913, the statue was placed at the location of the original school and church building at Bergen Square to commemorate the founding of the four-block fortified village, Hallanan said.

“The statue marks the foundation of [the] village and was placed there for a specific purpose,” Hallanan said.

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Note: The bronze Peter Stuyvesant statue was restored in 2012 by Zakalak Restoration Arts, Jersey City, New Jersey


Restoration To Begin At The Beacon



Stuyvesant Statue Begins Latest Leg of the Journey Home

Statue Will Be Stored at The Beacon for Restoration Before Returning to Bergen Square

At 11:00 a.m. on Friday August 12, 2011 the statute of Peter Stuyvesant by famed sculptor J. Massey Rhind will begin the next leg of its journey home to Bergen Square.

Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, John Hallanan of the Landmarks Conservancy, George Filopolous of The Beacon, Bob Leach Director of the Jersey City Historical Project, and Maryanne Kelleher, Director of Cultural Affairs and Cliff Perkins, Special Events Coordinator of Cultural Affairs will be on site to witness delivery and sign the Bill of Lading, acknowledging safe arrival.

The Peter Stuyvesant statue will be moved from Burns Brothers on Tonnelle Avenue and will be stored in an old ambulance garage at the former Jersey City Medical Center, now called The Beacon. Generously offered by George Filopolous, this space will be the temporary home for the statue during restoration and until a new base can be constructed to accommodate the nearly ten-foot likeness of the last Governor-General of Bergen Village which eventually became Jersey City.

In January 2010, the statue was removed from its original location, on Bergen Avenue in front of School No. 11 in Jersey City, to become the centerpiece of a new park outside the original village walls of Bergen, however, in response to the massive public outcry blasting the move, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy vowed to return the statue to its rightful place in Jersey City, the original location within Bergen Square.

“The statue of Peter Stuyvesant is an important part of Jersey City’s history and pride,” said Mayor Healy. “Restoring the statue and returning it to its original location is vital to preserving our history. It is also my hope that, together with the efforts of my administration, the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, the Jersey City Board of Education and Hudson County Community College, we can accomplish this.”

Mayor Healy assigned the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Historical Project to the task of bringing this beloved historically significant public sculpture home to its significant location. These agencies are working in concert with the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, Burns Brothers and the Beacon to coordinate the move, restoration and re-placement.

On January 12, 2011, the Jersey City Municipal Council adopted Resolution 11-009, Authorizing a Bailment Agreement with Beacon Commerce Urban Renewal Company LLC, to store and Preserve the State of Peter Stuyvesant. Among other insurance and delivery incidentals, the resolution recaps the significant dedication of the Stuyvesant monument to the City of Jersey City and states “Whereas, in February of 2010 the statue of Peter Stuyvesant was ordered to be removed from the site by the Jersey City Board of Education and/or the Hudson County Community College without the knowledge or consent of the City of Jersey City.” The Resolution was passed unanimously by the Council.

Fundraising to restore the statue and base are already underway and will continue. The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy has already raised in excess of $9,000 towards this restoration effort.

Mayor Healy and Councilwoman Nydia Lopez solicited financial support from Hudson County Community College and the Jersey City Board of Education to fund this proper re-location and needed restoration.

“The statute of Peter Stuyvesant belongs in Bergen Square” said John Hallanan, President of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. “Bergen Square was the very heart of the Dutch community of Bergen, the first permanent settlement in New Jersey. That is why the statue was placed in Bergen Square in 1913 and why it should be returned there. I want to thank Mayor Healy for keeping his promise, and for all the members of his administration who worked so hard to make that promise a reality.”

All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary to Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy at 201-547-4836 or 201-376-0699.

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Photos, above & below: The J. Massey Rhind-designed Peter Stuyvesant Monument on delivery day, Friday, August 12, 2011, by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal.



The Peter Stuyvesant Monument, once located in the center of Jersey City's ancient Bergen Square district (established by Dutch settlers in 1660), was erected between 1910 and 1913 after the designs of the great American Renaissance sculptor J. Massey Rhind.

Erected by the citizens of Jersey City to honor Director-General Peter Stuyvesant, the monument's base and inscribed tablets were demolished in the winter of 2010 and the bronze statue taken to a local stoneyard for storage. (Read the full story by preservation writer John Gomez .)

As part of its preservation campaign, JC Landmarks is closely working with the City of Jersey City to restore and return the monument to its rightful place in Bergen Square.

Our preservation participation includes:

> Accepting restoration donations on behalf of Jersey City (Estimated restoration/construction costs: $50,000)

> Helped raise over $5,000 at the March 28, 2011 "Bring Him Home" Peter Stuyvesant Fundraiser

> Will assist with the anticipated design competition for a new monument base

Please make a contribution toward the Peter Stuyvesant Monument restoration project! Make checks or money orders payable to JC Landmarks Conservancy, Stuyvesant Fund and mail to Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, P.O. Box 68, Jersey City, NJ 07303-0068.

To get directly involved with the Stuyvesant campaign contact JC Landmarks President John Hallanan at



From the City Hall-released flyer:


Peter Stuyvesant has been displaced.

The founder of our city wishes to return to his rightful place in Jersey City history.

Please help us to pick him up, dust him off, and bring him back to Bergen Square, his rightful home.

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour & Fundraiser ($250) or 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Fundraiser ($75)

Place: Casa Dante Restaurant, 737 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

More Info & Tickets: Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs (201) 547-4327

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