Patterned brickwork is the delineation of designs – geometric, dates, and initials – by a mason using darkened “vitrified” bricks against a background of ordinary red brick. New Jersey (and especially South Jersey), which hosts approximately 95% of the examples, is the principal ... » Learn More about Patterned Brickwork Houses
2018 Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites in NJ
The 2018 list of the 10 Most Endangered Places will be announced at a press conference at the Old Barracks Museum (Founders Room – 2nd Floor), 101 Barrack Street Street in Trenton on Thursday, May 17th, at 10:00AM.
The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological 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 redevelopment and new construction, difficulties raising adequate historic preservation funding, the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals, inadequate recognition and protection by government agencies, and political influences. This year's list also includes several resources of not only historic significance, but that are also cultural landscapes representing New Jersey's agrarian and water faring past. 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 the recent opening of the Van Wagenen/Apple Tree House in Jersey City, which was included on our 1998 list. Over the almost 20 years since it was originally listed, City officials and advocates worked tirelessly to raise the funds necessary to restore the City's oldest surviving structure in a responsible and authentic manner - earning them an Historic Preservation Award from PNJ in the fall of 2017. Now, the Apple Tree House is the home for the City's cultural affairs and economic development offices. Through partnerships with the NJ State Council on the Arts and NJ Council for the Humanities, the City has also been offering arts, heritage, and other programming for both residents and visitors in the space. 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 Apple Tree House is evidence that bringing awareness of such threats can bring about creative solutions.
For press inquiries, contact:
Courtenay D. Mercer, Director
The 668-ton, steam-propelled Light Ship Barnegat was designed and built by the New York Shipbuilding Company in Camden, New Jersey, in 1904. The ship, currently docked at a private marina in Camden, is 130-foot long with a 28-foot beam. As a light ship assigned to the ... » Learn More about Light Ship Barnegat
The Captain William Tyson House is a boldly detailed two-and-one-half-story home built about 1863-64 and is one of the most elaborate of Bergen County's few remaining grand Italianate houses. Tyson was a captain of sailing ships, who became a ship chandler in New York City. ... » Learn More about Captain William Tyson House
The Homestead Farm at Oak Ridge was first established c. 1720 – 1740 and was made up of 208 acres of open space and a farmhouse, both of which remain; as well as outbuildings that were removed over the years as the farmstead was converted from a farm to an 18-hole golf ... » Learn More about Homestead Farm at Oak Ridge
The First National Bank of Woodstown, the third edifice of this institution chartered in 1864, was completed in 1892 and is a testament to the growing influence of banking in the US economy in the late-nineteenth century. The Romanesque Revival building, detailed with Perth ... » Learn More about First National Bank of Woodstown
South Jersey’s Virtua Health System plans to demolish an historic farmhouse and barn on the 110-acre Hogan Farm to build a new $1 billion medical campus, which will replace the nearby aging Mt. Holly hospital. Virtua purchased the Hogan Farm in 2014 for $10 million, and ... » Learn More about Hogan Farm
First established as a mission of Saint Michael's Church on Hamilton Square, Saint Lucy's Parish was established with the construction of its first church edifice on June 22, 1884 in Jersey City's Horseshoe section. The Parish was formed to serve the burgeoning, but poor ... » Learn More about St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Complex
Since 1989, grant funds have been available in New Jersey for the preservation and restoration of our historic buildings and structures, including those owned and occupied by religious institutions. The criteria for funding such buildings has been consistent; a church, ... » Learn More about Funding for Historic Religious Buildings
The Belle Mead train station was built in 1913 along the West Trenton Line in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township, Somerset County. This station replaced a c.1870s three-story station which was not conducive to contemporary needs. The 1913 station is built of red brick with ... » Learn More about Belle Mead Station
Eight small cabins, accessible only by boat, are scattered over the thousands of acres of the state-owned Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area and adjacent private land. There is no record of the origins of the first cabins; but undoubtedly, they dated back to the nineteenth ... » Learn More about Mad Horse Creek Cabins