Preserve Our History, Protect Our Open Space
Preserve Greystone is a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to protecting the open space and historic buildings on the former Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital property in Morris County, NJ. Made up of preservationists, environmentalists and concerned citizens, Preserve Greystone’s mission is to ensure the survival of the historic Kirkbride Building and the surrounding land as valuable open space.
"It is has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future." William J. Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America
In New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, it is important to expand our opportunities to enjoy parkland and wilderness, and to preserve the architectural treasures that make the state unique. Such is the case on the former grounds of the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, also referred to as Greystone Park. At issue today is how to save the historic Kirkbride Building, the former main hospital, and the open space that surrounds it.
Preserve Greystone, founded in 2008, launched a statewide public awareness campaign to bring these issues to the forefront. To date the group has organized forums and lectures that have drawn large crowds, generated news articles in major New Jersey media, participated in local events, and coordinated a petition drive that has amassed thousands of signatures.
Today, Preserve Greystone continues to unify the effort and work with our public officials to preserve the historic Kirkbride Building and the priceless open space around it.
Preserve Greystone is appealing the award of the demolition contract in New Jersey’s Appellate Division. On February 23rd, the group filed its latest brief with the assistance of James F. Sullivan, Jr., Esq. of Connell Foley, LLP, who is representing the group on a pro bono basis. This is the third round of written arguments, and the group has requested oral argument to further make its case.
Preserve Greystone's Briefs and Treasury's responses (13mb zip file)