DESCRIPTION: The famous WPA Guide to New Jersey, published in 1939, called Atlantic City “a glittering monument to the national talent for wholesale amusement.” The city’s late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century heyday, its boardwalk, beaches, and hotels attracted millions of tourists each ... » Learn More about Atlantic City
2015 Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites in NJ
The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural and archeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. The list, generated from nominations by the public, aims to attract new perspectives and ideas to sites in desperate need of creative solutions.
Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by proposed gas pipelines, stalled adaptive reuse proposals, and lack of adequate historic preservation funding as proposed by the Governor’s Budget for FY 2016. Although the economy continues to improve, the impacts to historic properties and places vary: some areas of the state are slow to recover and to find new and exciting uses for vacant and underutilized historic resources, and other areas have too great of development pressures resulting in threats of demolition of the historic resource. The list, therefore, brings forth the balancing act between preservation and development and the value of incorporating history and historic preservation in redevelopment plans for neighborhoods, towns and cities throughout the state.
As we acknowledge each year, selections to the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list are based on the likelihood that historic buildings and places can be brought back to useful and productive life. PNJ proudly points to many properties previously listed among the 10 Most Endangered that have now been saved and preserved or rehabilitated, and have once again become character-defining assets to New Jersey’s communities.
DESCRIPTION: This two-story, gable-roofed house was built in three stages between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries. The earliest, west portion of the house consists of a three-bay, side-hall plan. A four-bay section to the east extends the lines of the earlier part. An Italianate ... » Learn More about Haines-Cochley-Singer House
DESCRIPTION: Cooper River Park runs along both sides of the Cooper River for five miles between the City of Camden and the Borough of Haddonfield. Commissioned by the Camden County Park Commission in 1925, the park was the first in southern New Jersey to encompass design principles of the City ... » Learn More about Cooper River Park Historic District
DESCRIPTION The William Green Farmstead is one of the oldest settlements in Ewing Township. A building has been on this property since the late-seventeenth century. The oldest portion of the surviving farmhouse, which is now located on the campus of the College of New Jersey (TCNJ), was built in ... » Learn More about William Green House
DESCRIPTION: The Thomas Brown House is a two-story frame Georgian dwelling, built around 1787 for (and perhaps partially by) cabinetmaker Thomas Brown and his wife Rebecca. A key resource in the Greenwich Historic District, the Brown house abounds with fine detailing inside and out. It is ... » Learn More about Thomas Brown House
DESCRIPTION: Historic properties and districts, perpetually protected farmland and critical watersheds are increasingly being threatened with the proposed construction of natural gas pipelines in all corners of New Jersey. With the opening of extensive shale oil fields to the west of the state in ... » Learn More about Historic Properties Threatened by Gas Pipelines
DESCRIPTION: The Ryer House was built in 1873 by David G. Ryer, a prosperous New York produce merchant. It is a fine example of the Second Empire style, featuring characteristic details such as a Mansard roof, a central tower, an elaborate front porch, ornate molded cornices, and bay ... » Learn More about Ryer House
UPDATE: February 2016: Unfortunately, Pitney Farm was lost forever due to a severe fire that investigators believed was intentionally set. The fire happened just months after the Friends of Pitney Farm successfully convinced the township to lease the house to their group and implement a plan for ... » Learn More about Pitney Farm
UPDATE: November 2015: The Paterson National Guard Armory was demolished after a seven-alarm fire severely damaged the building forcing local officials to tear it down. DESCRIPTION: Paterson was the first New Jersey city to take advantage of an 1889 law enabling cities that lacked armories to ... » Learn More about National Guard Armory
UPDATE: In November 2015, New Jersey voters approved funding through the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund, which provides grants for historic preservation projects statewide. Although this grant program is a step in the right direction, the level of funding was diminished compared to ... » Learn More about Historic Sites Hurt by Lack of Public Funding