UPDATES: July 2012: The Zabriskie Tenant House was demolished. A Patch article describes the day here. 2011: Ted Manvell, a neighbor to the Zabriskie Tenant House property and the advocate who initiated efforts to save the house, has filed suit against the Paramus Planning Board, Quattro IV, ... » Learn More about Zabriskie Tenant House
2011 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places 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.
In 2011, Preservation New Jersey announced its 17th annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list. In a year marked by continuously dire economic news, we are once again struck by the realization that every endangered historic place serves as a challenge to all of us who cherish our history and our quality of life. A deteriorating mansion in Newark and threatened historic hospital buildings in Plainfield represent forces that threaten everyone’s cultural heritage and serve as a powerful reminder that difficult financial times imperil landmarks statewide. In Penns Grove, public policy is currently presenting opportunities to save a cherished municipal landmark, while in Trenton, Paramus, and Waldwick, burocracy and misinformation may destroy similarly significant resources.
Just as the entire environmental community rallies when the quality of a waterway is diminished or a bird habitat threatened, preservationists must stop seeing our battles as merely local problems. We must unite our advocates and strengthen our voice statewide by drawing attention to all of our threatened historic places, the shared causes of those threats, and most importantly, the common solutions that we know can help save them.
Preservation New Jersey’s annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list rallies support for these important character-defining landmarks and historic places that teeter on the brink of extinction. But the work does not end when the list is announced; it is barely begun. Historic preservation voices across New Jersey must support the advocates for these sites. We must help to find solutions, and to herald them as models for threatened places in other communities, and we must demand improvements in helpful public policies, and an overhaul of those that hurt our cause.
As concerns about sustainability grow, so should historic preservation awareness. When we allow historic buildings to deteriorate or send their rubble to the landfill, opportunities are being lost to make communities “greener” by adapting these buildings for new uses. In this time of record unemployment, millions of potential private investment dollars that could be saving historic buildings and creating skilled jobs are going instead to surrounding states that have what New Jersey still, even after bi-partisan legislature approval this past winter, does not: a state historic rehabilitation tax incentive. Historic preservation goes “hand in hand” with overarching forces that affect all New Jerseyans daily. We all have a stake in the survival of our common heritage.
UPDATES: 1/2018: A redevelopment and adaptive reuse plan was approved by the City of Plainfield Planning Board. "The Developer has agreed to respect the historical character of the existing hospital and integrate key architectural elements into its adaptive reuse of the facility." PNJ has not been ... » Learn More about Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center
UPDATES: 11/2011: After six years of advocacy and fundraising, the Waldwick Community Alliance broke ground this month on exterior restoration of the Waldwick Railroad Station. They expect exterior work to be completed early in 2012. DESCRIPTION: The Waldwick Railroad Station was built in 1886 ... » Learn More about Waldwick Railroad Station
UPDATES: 05/27/2011: the State of NJ has issued an advertising for bids for filling in Petty's Run, which they have termed "Stabilization & Closure of the Petty's Run Excavation." There is a fixed price of $410,434 for the work. 06/2011: Early this month, the State Government, Wagering, Tourism ... » Learn More about Pettys Run Archaeological Site
UPDATES: 1/2012: The Penns Grove-Carney's Point Regional School District has announced a decision to repair historic Penns Grove High School instead of replacing it. The board's decision cites a number of factors, including local advocates who voiced opposition to the school's demolition. PNJ ... » Learn More about Penns Grove High School
UPDATES: 10/2011: Historic resources consultant Janet Sheridan has earned a Commendation from the NJ Legislature for her work to document Marshalltown. Janet is working on a National Register nomination for Marshalltown as a historic district. DESCRIPTION: Marshalltown is a 19th-century ... » Learn More about Marshalltown
UPDATE: 9/2019: The City of Newark approved a tax exemption for the Krueger-Scott Mansion Redevelopment. Read More here. 6/2017: A redevelopment strategy has been announced for the Krueger-Scott Mansion. Seaview Development is planning rehabilitate the mansion “in a historically respectful and ... » Learn More about Krueger-Scott Mansion
UPDATES: 8/2011: Due to damage sustained from flood waters during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the 1880s King Iron Truss Bridge that is an integral element to this historic landscape is being dismantled. The dismantling was approved by NJ SHPO, which indicates that the bridge abutments ... » Learn More about Jacob’s Creek Crossing Rural Historic Landscape
UPDATES: 2/2013: After severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the owners have renewed their ongoing effort to relocate the Bachman-Wilson House. The New York Times reports that they are now discussing, among various options, dismantling the house and relocating it to Florence, Italy for ... » Learn More about Bachman Wilson House
UPDATES: 2/2012: The Borough of Oradell has passed resolution memorializing their commitment to preserving the Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion. DESCRIPTION: The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion has been called “the grandest example of Shingle Style architecture in Bergen County.” It was built between 1896 and ... » Learn More about Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion