Westinghouse Plant, Newark, NJ

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  • Westinghouse Entrance
  • Westinghouse Sign
  • Westinghouse Plant
  • Aerial Image of the Westinghouse Plant
  • Doorway
  • Patent Drawing, 1948
  • Cubicles
  • Westinghouse Measurement Device
  • Pay Window
  • Patent Drawing, 1927
  • Westnighouse Fan
  • Plant Demolition
  • Westinghouse Entrance
  • Office Hall
  • Emptied Room
  • Mushrooms
  • Hole where the safe crashed through
  • Plant remains in from of dowtown Neward
  • Book Cover
While active it was known as the Newark Works of the Westinghouse Company. Located at 95 Orange Street, the first section was completed in 1884 and the plant eventually spread over four and a half acres with 400,000 square feet of space. Over the next hundred years, the Newark Works made watt-hour meters, protective relays, loudspeakers for early radios, recording instruments, trolley motors, electrical switchboards, voltmeters, street arc lamps and electric fans. There were even “secret activities” reportedly conducted during World War II. The factory played an important role in the history of broadcasting. In 1922, WJZ, the second licensed radio station in the country, started broadcasting from a shack on the factory roof. The call letters, WJZ, stood for New Jer(Z)sey. That same year WJZ made broadcasting history with up-to-the-minute reports of the World Series between the New York Yankees and New York Giants. A reporter phoned in game updates from the Polo Grounds that were then relayed over the airwaves. The World Series coverage spurred sales of Westinghouse radios. That year WJZ also installed the first on-air “kill switch” after a performer, who promised not to mention her support of birth control, still got her message across when she changed a word in a Mother Goose rhyme, “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children because she didn’t know what to do.” A few years later, after other radio stations opened in New York City, the station moved to New York so it could better compete for talent that didn’t want to make the trip to Newark. The station’s call letters were later changed to WABC. At its peak there were 3,000 employees at the Westinghouse Work. After the Newark riots of 1967, in which 26 were left dead, hundreds injured and millions of dollars in property damage, many businesses started moving out of the city and production at the Westinghouse plant slowed, ending completely in 1983 when a new factory was opened in Florida. New Jersey Transit, which operated the Broad Street railroad station next door, as well as an architectural salvage company later occupied sections of the plant, until concerns about toxic contamination rendered further occupancy unsafe. Plans to turn the factory into a “carrier hotel” full of Internet servers fell through, and with no other viable plans for reuse, demolition began in November 2007. By the following summer all that remained were the foundations and a massive pile of brick rubble. The site will likely be turned into a parking lot and “land banked” until the economy turns around and the land can be developed. Continue reading
  • K. Pender

    My mother worked at Westinghouse during world war II.

  • Doug Doug

    I wonder if Nicolas Tesla didn’t come up with some of his brilliant ideas in this building. Remember him, he was incredible and changed the world. His inventions surround you now, and he got credit for few and was used and abused by many. Radio, now given to him and taken away from Marconi. AC power. The man conceived the idea for the ac induction motor and it’s in your home running your dryer, garbage disposal, air conditioner. This guy had the god given talent to visualize and slow down time to see how these things could work….The technology was light years above the dc motors of the day. Should be thought of with the likes of Einstein, but gave us much more we can use every day. Like most geniuses he was thought to be a little wacky but if we weren’t all a little wacky we all would go insane. adiparadiso@hotmail.com