The former residential building at 47 Central Avenue was constructed of red brick and sandstone in the Queen Anne style c. 1881-1889 for Dr. Joseph Fewsmith, a prominent Newark physician, to serve as his home and office. It is located within the National Register-listed James Street Commons Historic District, a 24-block neighborhood largely defined by its collection of late-19th century brick and brownstone residences. It also stands at the eastern edge of the Rutgers-Newark campus along the Washington Street Corridor, which the University has identified as a focus of its future campus development efforts.
Mills + Schnoering Architects is designing a renovation of and new addition to 47 Central Avenue for use as Rutgers-Newark’s University Foundation offices and alumni event space. The program includes office and public gathering space as well as a new, accessible addition and elevator. The project will restore the building’s most character-defining historic features – an original curved marble stair and entrance floor, domed plaster ceiling, travertine walls, and stately fireplaces – while providing accessibility and modern program spaces. The design will adhere to the University’s Design Standards and will target LEED Silver certification.