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Originally opened in 1910 in Jersey City and painstakingly restored in the mid-1970s, the Justice William Brennan Courthouse offers visitors a vivid glimpse into Hudson County’s rich history. This remarkable Beaux Arts-style building has a grand stained-glass dome, beautifully detailed interior murals and a recurring role on the hit television show "Law and Order" (look carefully at the walls during the courtroom scenes for the paintings depicting scenes of the early days of Hudson County).

Located at 583 Newark Avenue in Jersey City's Journal Square District, the courthouse operated as the seat of justice for Hudson County from 1910 until 1966, when the courts and offices moved next door to the Hudson County Administration Building. The building was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1970, followed by an award-winning (Victorian Society in America, 1988) renovation project that restored the building to its former grandeur after years of neglect. The courthouse was reopened in 1985 and is currently used for civil cases.

The Justice William Brennan Courthouse is open to the public each weekday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. To arrange a tour of this elegant building and learn about the events and history that shaped Hudson County, call 201-795-6151.

For more information, visit:
New Jersey City University - Jersey City: Past and Present Website Project.

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