Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, received the Jersey City Living Legend Award for carrying on the architectural legacy of the esteemed Jersey City firm of Kelly & Gruzen, now known as IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton. This award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to Jersey City's architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage.
The award was given to him by Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy at their annual preservation awards ceremony on May 29, 2014 which took place at the historic Lowe’s Theatre in Journal Square, Jersey City. Mayor Steven Fulop also presented Gruzen with a special Proclamation praising his contributions to Jersey City’s architecture.
Kelly & Gruzen was founded in 1936 by B. Sumner Gruzen and Col. Hugh A. Kelly at 26 Journal Square. Since the 1930s Gruzen’s firm has contributed significantly to the development of Jersey City. Some of the firm’s most prominent projects in Jersey City include Crystal Point Condominiums, Liberty Towers, Newport Ferry Landing, Portside, Jersey City Elementary (PS 3) and Middle School (MS 4), and Jersey City University’s master plan and several new academic buildings. The most recent project is a new Four Star 275 room Marriott Hotel in Liberty Harbor North.