file photo by Boyd Loving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood ‘s Historic Preservation Commission has “identified the Ridgewood bus station building as having historic significance to the village. The bus station designed by architect J. Robert Gilchrist, is of the 1950s mid-century modern school of design .
Gilchrist, who died in 2008, was a prominent Bergen County architect, whose projects include Continental Plaza in Hackensack and International Crossroads in Mahwah.
The style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans, with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many Mid-century houses utilized then-groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs, with an emphasis placed on targeting the needs of the average American family.
The village has decided to turn down NJ Transit’s offer to replace the iconic bus station but will instead renovate the structure to preserve its place in history.
In resent years the bus station has become a bit of an eyesore and it run down appearance seems to attract drug dealers, junkies and criminals along with local commuters