Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The New Ferry Building – Ellis Island
Save America’s Treasures
—Statue of Liberty Nat’l Mon & Ellis Island —
Restoration of the New Ferry Building on Ellis Island is being supported in part by a Federal Save America’s Treasures award administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
New Ferry Building
In 1999, the Statue of Liberty National Monument/Ellis Island was awarded a $1.2 million federal challenge grant from the Save America’s Treasures program to restore the New Ferry Building. New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s advisory committee on Ellis Island helped secure the $1.2 million non-federal match for this grant in 2000.
The New Ferry Building was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 to replace an earlier ferry house in the same location. This new fireproof ferry house was made of brick and featured a high central pavilion surmounted by a copper-covered cupola and two single-story wings. The central pavilion housed a waiting room for immigrants, the left wing was designated for use by the United States Customs Service, and the right wing had a lunchroom with kitchen facilities.
The Ferry Building and its connecting corridors are the key connection between the immigrant processing facility in Main Building and the United States Public Health Service hospital complex on the other side of the island. Abandoned for over 45 years, the building is in an advanced
For information on this and other stabilization projects underway on Ellis Island, please go to the Park’s website at www.nps.gov/elis.
Save America’s Treasures
Initiated in 1998, the Save America’s Treasures program helps communities around the United States maintain and restore their historic sites and objects. Save America’s Treasures is a public-private partnership of the White House Millennium Council, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Park Service. Ellis Island is one of the more than 550 national and local historic sites, collections, objects, and documents that have been designated as official projects of the Save America’s Treasures program.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 40° 41.962′ N, 74° 2.468′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Touch for map. Marker is located on Ellis Island, near the end of the ferry slip. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The South Side of Ellis Island (here, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor ® (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Gibson: The Other Ellis Island Story (about 700 feet away); Fort Gibson: Uncovering the Past (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The American Immigrant Wall of Honor ® (about 700 feet away); Delaware Indian Burials (about 700 feet away); Fort Gibson: Defending the Approaches (about 700 feet away); Fort Gibson: The New York Harbor System (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. A photo of the New Ferry Building and the south side of Ellis Island appears at the lower right side of the marker.
Also see . . . Ellis Island. National Park Service website. (Submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,771 times since then and 183 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.