HACKENSACK, NJ — The Hackensack Cultural and Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) has won a 2018 Bergen County Historic Preservation Award from the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board in the category of Adaptive Use. Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Deputy Mayor David Sims, Councilman Leonardo Battaglia, Councilwoman Stephane Von Rudenborg, Redevelopment Director Albert Dib and representatives from DMR Architects were on hand to accept the award Thursday.

“We have always felt that the arts can bring a community together unlike anything else and the Arts Center has done that for our city since its opening night,” Mayor Labrosse said. “We are honored and humbled to receive this award and would like to thank the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board for recognizing how much the Arts Center has meant to our local residents.”

What began as the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1874 was converted into Hackensack’s Masonic Temple 46 years later, which it remained until being purchased by the City in 2010. The temple was transformed into what it is today - an upstairs theatre of 224 fixed seats and a first floor cultural center that features a large gallery, lobby, dressing rooms, concession stand kitchen, bathrooms and and administrative offices. Among the homages to the building’s past, six large Deco chandeliers were removed, rehung and now serve as majestic house lighting for the theatre space.

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“We’ve created a very intimate and inviting theater which maintains many of the original features,” Mayor Labrosse said, adding that while located in Hackensack, all are welcome. “This is for everyone. If anyone wants to come see a show, we’d love to have you."

Since its opening in November, the HACPAC has featured top performers from the world of music and comedy, including singers Alyson Williams and John Waite, Hackensack own teenage piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker and “Daily Show” comics Roy Wood Jr. and Michelle Wolf. Upcoming performances include tonight's "Anxiety Stew" and “Hamilton” alum Mandy Gonzalez’s show on Saturday, June 2, which is part of HACPAC’s “Pack the House” series.

For more information on the Hackensack Performing Arts Center, visit www.hacpac.org.