Eberhardt Hall, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/Newark Orphan Asylum


Eberhardt Hall, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/Newark Orphan Asylum
Newark Orphan Asylum


The New Jersey Institute of Technology's Eberhardt Hall, formerly the Newark Orphan Asylum, is a Elizabethan Gothic Revival building created by John Welch in 1857. Considered very modern for its time, the original building included amenities such as steam heat, hot and cold running water, gas lighting and even a fire extinguishing system. It has 6 floors and 34,000 sq. ft. currently occupied by Alumni and several administrative offices.






Condition History

In 1874 the south wing was added to the original 1857 structure, based on original architectural plans and constructed in the same material and style as the original building. While the exterior has been little altered since being built, the interior was converted for administrative use in 1948 after being acquired by the Newark College of Engineering (now the New Jersey Institute of Technology). Restorations were made in 2005, headed by Cody Eckert & Associates.



Gordon, Mark W., and Anthony Schuman, editors. Newark Landmark Treasures: A Guide to the Landmark Buildings, Parks, Public Art & Historic Districts in New Jersey’s Metropolis. Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, 2016, p. 28.


Maskevich, Dean L. "Eberhardt Hall-Restored, Renovated, Rededicated." NJIT Magazine. Winter.(2006): 14-17.

National Register of Historic Places, Newark Orphan Asylum, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, National Register #73001094.

Pilla, Carol. "Recapturing Victorian Elegance: Eberhardt Hall Restoration." NJIT Magazine. Fall.(2005): 16-17.


Elizabethan Gothic Revival


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