DESCRIPTION: Jacob’s Chapel, Colemantown Meeting House, and the adjacent cemetery are all that remain of the early-19th century free black community of Colemantown, known in part for its association with the Underground Railroad, where escaped slaves were sheltered and moved through Burlington ... » Learn More about Colemantown Meeting House / Jacob’s Chapel
2017 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 the difficulties of raising adequate historic preservation funding, neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals, and the lack of state entities recognizing and preserving historic resources. As the economy continues to improve, the impacts to historic properties and places are more imminent. The list demonstrates increased development pressures resulting in threats of demolition of the historic resource; the need to incorporate history and historic preservation in redevelopment plans for neighborhoods, towns, and cities throughout the state; and the value of using preservation as a positive tool for revitalization.
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. As we announce this year’s list, we are encouraged by recent news regarding the Union Hotel in Flemington, which was included on our 2016 list. The Flemington Redevelopment Committee and the developer have reached a new redevelopment plan that no longer calls for demolition of the Union Hotel and another historic building on Main Street. While the details on the new plan are not clear yet, PNJ believes the Borough and developer’s change of attitude about this significant building is a step in the right direction, and are encouraged local advocates will continue to bring awareness to the value of preserving a historic resource in its entirety to the decision-makers. Although PNJ’s 10-Most Endangered Properties list is published once per year, the fight for the preservation of our historic and cultural resources is daily, and the news of the Union Hotel is evidence that bringing awareness of such threats can bring about creative solutions.
DESCRIPTION: Constructed 1962-1963, the New Jersey Department of Health and Agriculture Buildings are a complex of two pre-cast concrete buildings, one cylindrical and one cubed, connected by steel-and-glass pedestrian sky bridges. The complex was designed by Alfred Clauss and Jane West Clauss, ... » Learn More about NJ Department of Health and Agriculture Buildings
UPDATE: 01/2018: A January 2018 message from the Historical Society of Ocean Grove reports a fruitful fundraising effort to restore the town’s 1907 cast iron fountain. Since being listed on the 2017 Ten Most Endangered Places in New Jersey by Preservation New Jersey (PNJ), the campaign has raised ... » Learn More about Founders Fountain
DESCRIPTION: James Rose was one of the leaders of the Modern movement in American Landscape architecture, along with his Harvard classmates, Garrett Eckbo and Dan Kiley. Expelled from Harvard in 1937 for refusing to design in the Beaux Arts manner, Rose further developed his aesthetic in the 1940s ... » Learn More about James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design
DESCRIPTION: The once lively King George Inn is still the anchor building in the remnant village of Mount Bethel in Warren Township, but now sits abandoned and deteriorated on a littered lot. It is the only building over 200-years old in its original location in the village. It served many ... » Learn More about King George Inn
DESCRIPTION: The Trumbauer/Abele Greenhouse complex at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ, (also known as 1909 and 1917 greenhouses) is significant in the history of architecture, horticulture, landscape design, and cultural legacy associated with Duke Farms. In 1909, tobacco and energy magnate James ... » Learn More about Trumbauer/Abele Greenhouse Complex at Duke Farms
DESCRIPTION: The West New York firehouse on Polk Street had a long history of use by the community but is now vacant and suffering from deterioration, particularly on the interior where years of patching a leaking roof have resulted in collapsed ceilings, warped floorboards, and an infestation of ... » Learn More about Exempt Firehouse
DESCRIPTION: Camden High School, known locally as “The Castle on the Hill” and constructed 1916-1918, is an imposing three-story Collegiate Gothic structure that combines architectural terra cotta with smooth-dressed Indiana limestone and rough-textured brick. A turreted tower, centered on the ... » Learn More about Camden High School
DESCRIPTION: The Caldwell Motor Bank is a prime example of the expressionist architecture of the late 1950s and 1960s. Consisting of three pavilions connected by an undulating thin-shell concrete roof structure, the building combines and signifies two major design trends of the era: the ... » Learn More about Caldwell Motor Bank – National State Bank
DESCRIPTION: The Brick’s Mincemeat Factory is a significant building in the history of Crosswicks Village, representing both the contributions of the prominent Brick family and one of the earliest and most successful commercial establishments in the Township. The threat to the historic Brick’s ... » Learn More about Brick’s Mincemeat Factory