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The Search for NJ Modern Continues

May 31, 2011

The survey and documentation of New Jersey’s Modern resources continues to make progress, largely thanks to the assistance of several enthusiastic Rutgers University art history students. This spring, Alyson Goldman focused on the Modern architecture of Bergen County, compiling a binder of research, a bibliography and photographs. She found that college campuses (including Ramapo, Bergen Community and Felician) were good places to find Modern buildings. She also discovered that Bergen County is home to some of the state’s best-known and best-loved mid-century diners. Alyson has been sharing her adventures through a blog posted to the Preservation New Jersey website. Read her latest post.

While Alyson was exploring northern New Jersey, Meghan Karlik was working in the central part of the state. Her goal was specifically to document the Princeton area, and the website she created to help catalog her findings has three main components: Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton Modern, which details residences around town. To see some of the impressive collection of Modern buildings by architects such as Thaddeus Longstreth, Robert Geddes and Douglas Kelbaugh, go to The survey continues, so tell us about the Modern buildings in your New Jersey neighborhood!

Institute for Advanced Study, West Building, Robert Geddes, 1968-1971 photo: Meghan Karlik