Newark Downtown Tours
Tours will take place every Thursday beginning at 6 PM in front of Burg from June 1st - August 3rd. Please note, there will be no tour on July 3rd.
Each week a distinguished professor, Newark resident, student, architect, landscape architect, or historian will be leading a different tour in and around downtown Newark. Come learn more about the amazing hidden treasures of downtown Newark!
6/1: Student Visions of Downtown with Donovan Kirkland
Newark is a city full of opportunity. At NJIT's college of architecture and design, students have completed work that turns a speculative eye towards the city. The tour will guide participants through the sites and visions for downtown Newark from selected student projects.
6/8: Military Park Then and Now Tour with Miles Zhang
Military Park, at the heart of our city, has evolved significantly since its creation by Puritan settlers in 1666. What was once a training ground for Revolutionary War minutemen became the home of Newark's leading industrialists and is now the center of Newark's revitalized downtown. As Newark celebrates the 350 anniversary of its founding, join us as we explore how this park has grown through time. Tour last approximately forty minutes. Participants will view historic photos of the park and have opportunities to compare past and present Military Park. Selected sites and narratives will include the newly re-opened Hahnes Building, Wars of America Statue, Founders Monument, and many more monuments from Newark's history, visible and vanished.
6/15: Public Spaces in Newark Tour with Scott Dvorak of the Trust for Public Land
Explore a couple of Newark’s historic parks and discuss how their role in Newark’s downtown has evolved and what new open spaces will be joining them. Scott is a public space professional currently working for the Trust for Public Land in the Newark office.
6/22: A History of Newark Tour with Historian Tony Schuman
This tour will use recent and planned developments in the Military Park Historic District to shed light on the promise and pitfalls of the revitalization of Newark’s downtown. Tony Schuman is Interim Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT and a trustee of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee.
With the opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in 1997, the Military Park district in the heart of Newark began its revitalization. The refurbishment of the park itself, along with new offices for Prudential and the renovation of the former Hahne’s department store into loft apartments, give further evidence of Newark’s resurgence. At the same time, delayed ground breaking on two new residential towers indicate that the battle is far from won. Join us for an exciting tour of historic downtown Newark!
6/29: Walking Newark Tour with Anker West
Approximately 2 mile walking tour, Military Park to Lincoln Park. Featuring Star Ledger Plaza, classic theatres,( Adams, Proctor, Newark Symphony Hall,) Crawford Street Lofts, City Without Walls Gallery, Lincoln Park Sculptures and culminating with city views from the rooftop bar of the Hotel Indigo.
7/6: Queer Newark History Tour with Anna Alves with The Queer Newark Oral History Project at Rutgers University-Newark
The Queer Newark Oral History Project (QNOHP) from Rutgers University-Newark offers a walking tour that highlights the rich and illuminating experiences of the city’s LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming communities. Featuring both historical landmarks and contemporary sites, tour leaders will share stories about key events, significant happenings, and interesting personalities that showcase the resilience of an often-invisible population of Newarkers.
7/13: Downtown Architecture Tour with Professor Darius Sollohub of NJIT
Professor Darius Sollohub, who teaches architecture at NJIT, will lead a tour to discuss the architecture that frames Military Park. From a range of eras, with some built by world famous architects, each building is significant in its own way and each one has a story. Join us in hearing the stories behind the buildings!
7/20: Broad Street Development Tour with Tom Anker of the Newark Public Library
Tom Anker will lead a tour of the area around the proposed Broad Street Station Historical Park. This tour will include the Broad Street Station, which opened in 1903; the c. 1725 Plume House, one of Newark's oldest extant structures; the House of Prayer Episcopal Church, built in 1850; The State Street School, built in 1845, the oldest school building in Newark still standing; and the nearby Colonnade and Pavilion apartment buildings, designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which opened in 1960.
7/27: Newark Economic Development Tour with Jorge Santos of Newark Community Economic Development Corporation
Jorge Santos, VP for Economic Development Policy at Newark Community Economic Development Corporation will lead a tour highlighting some of the recent and upcoming development projects around Military Park. You'll hear about One Theater Square, One Riverview, Hahne and Co, Riverfront Park, and more.
8/3: Washington Park Development Tour with Tom Anker of the Newark Public Library
Tom Anker will lead a tour of Washington Park and the surrounding area. This tour will begin in the park, with detail on its many memorials, including statues of Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and inventor Seth Boyden; a rock marking the original location of Newark Academy; and the Indian and Puritan, designed by famed sculptor Gutzon Borglum for Newark's 250th anniversary celebration in 1916. The tour will also include information about several buildings around the park, including the Newark Public Library, Newark Museum, the Ballantine House, North Reformed Church, the former Second Presbyterian Church (now owned by audible.com), the former Bell Telephone Building (now being converted into apartments), and 15 Washington Street, recently converted into graduate housing by Rutgers University Newark.