The Jacob Vanderbeck, Jr. House is located on a three-acre parcel overlooking the Saddle River at the eastern end of Fair Lawn. The property retains remarkable integrity in terms of open space; its approach down a long entrance drive shelters the house from busy Dunkerhook Road, and it retains its ... » Learn More about Jacob Vanderbeck, Jr. House
2013 Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites in NJ
The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list rallies support for important character-defining landmarks and historic resources that teeter on the brink of extinction. For the first time ever, this year’s list includes more than 10 listings: in addition to 10 remarkable places, we’re highlighting the current need for quick legislative action to save the Garden State Preservation Trust, a funding resource that is imperative to heritage statewide. As always, we hope these listings will serve as catalysts for positive change and the implementation of creative preservation solutions throughout New Jersey.
Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, vandalism, redevelopment proposals, and potentially damaging new legislation and regulations. The
effects of an extraordinarily challenging economy remain evident, particularly in the wake of Superstorm Sandy: a dearth of funds, limited viable rehabilitation plans, and taxed municipal and state budgets are just a few of the difficult issues with which not only those sites on this year’s list, but historic properties throughout New Jersey, are currently grappling.
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: The Morris Canal Rockaway River Aqueduct is located in Denville Township and is part of the Morris Canal Historic District, which is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Abandoned in 1924 when the canal was closed, the remaining masonry components of this ... » Learn More about Morris Canal Rockaway River Aqueduct
DESCRIPTION: The Layton Farmstead, situated at the intersection of Baileys Corner and Allaire Roads, functioned as a successful farming complex during the heyday of Wall Township’s agricultural industry in the 19th century. Adjacent to Layton’s property was Mrs. Bailey’s Inn and the Baileys ... » Learn More about The Layton Farmstead
DESCRIPTION: Valley Road School, now nearing 100 years old, is one of the Princeton area's last remaining historic public school buildings. The original two-story school was designed by Robert A. Schumann and built on land given to “the inhabitants of Princeton Township” by Ernest and Grace ... » Learn More about Valley Road School
DESCRIPTION: Over the course of a few days in October 2012, New Jersey was forever changed. Superstorm Sandy washed communities away and turned once familiar landscapes unrecognizable. Although the tide has receded and the winds calmed, the long-term impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey- ... » Learn More about Historic Resources and Communities Damaged By Superstorm Sandy
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Green Hotel was demolished in April 2015. DESCRIPTION: The Green Hotel, also known as the Green Castle Hotel or The Green, is a significant example of a Second Empire style brick hotel. It was built in 1881 by Lewis M. Green, a five-term mayor of Woodbury and father ... » Learn More about Green Hotel
UPDATE: January 2017: Harding Township, the owner of Glen Alpin, continues to investigate measures to allow them to dispose of Glen Alpin. Currently, they are exploring auction or sale. PNJ will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on our website. DESCRIPTION: Glen Alpin, a ... » Learn More about Glen Alpin
DESCRIPTION: The Collins House is a rare surviving example of an East Jersey Cottage located in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Notable for its age and architecture, the house also has direct ties to the Morris Canal, which was significant in the state’s transportation and industrial history in the ... » Learn More about Collins House
UPDATES: May 22, 2013: We've just learned that the owner of the Benjamin Cooper House has placed a tarp on the building! This is a simple step that will go a long way to helping protect the property from the elements as the emergency stabilization plan begins. DESCRIPTION: The seriousness of ... » Learn More about Benjamin Cooper House
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 The Garden State Preservation Trust and the New Jersey Historic Trust