The Futuro House was conceived in 1968 as a “portable” ski chalet by Matti Suuronen, a pioneer in the processing of reinforced plastic for construction. Futuro structures are made of fiberglass reinforced plastic as to be light and easy to transport to remote locations, easy to construct ... » Learn More about Futuro Houses
2020 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ
In recognition of national Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey at a virtual press conference at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 14, 2019. PNJ was joined by the advocates for this year’s endangered historic places via a ZOOM rally to support New Jersey’s threatened cultural and architectural heritage.
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.
This year marks a special milestone in PNJ’s efforts to highlight and protect NJ’s historic resources - we are commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the 10 Most Endangered Places initiative. Over this past year, PNJ has hosted workshops and tours celebrating the success stories - sites that have been saved, restored, and are in use once again. The anniversary festivities culminated in a Gala Celebration at Newark Symphony Hall in March where PNJ premiered the documentary – “Saved or Lost Forever” – which tells the story of New Jersey’s places that have been part of significant events and periods in our state’s history, discusses their importance to our collective past, and the fights to rescue these historic properties from extinction. The documentary focuses on three sites recognized on PNJ’s 10 Most list – Camden High School, Romer Shoal Light, and the Van Wagenen/Apple Tree House.
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, and the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals. Seven of the sites on this year’s list are publicly owned, highlighting the government's frequent role in deferred maintenance along with the reality of limited historic preservation funds. The list also includes sites that portray rare building types of which only a few are left and a thematic listing of New Jersey’s 1970’s heritage. These two groups - those of which few are left, and those which there are many but not yet recognized as historic - showcase how failure to appreciate unique structures, even if once ubiquitous, can lead to their loss.
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 and economy-boosting assets to New Jersey’s communities. As we announce this year’s list, we are encouraged by Newark Symphony Hall, which was included on our first ever 10 Most Endangered List in 1995 and recently hosted PNJ’s 10 Most 25th Anniversary Gala. Newark Symphony Hall is in the midst of a $500 million capital campaign, recently launched a brand new website, and provides community programming and hosts special events all year long. 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 being able to hold our celebration at Symphony Hall 25 years after its listing, is evidence that bringing awareness of such threats can bring about creative solutions.
Selections to the 10 Most Endangered list are based on three criteria:
- historic significance and architectural integrity,
- the critical nature of the threat identified, and
- the likelihood that inclusion on the list will have a positive impact on efforts to protect the resource
The 2020 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ List:
While the 1970s may not seem like that long ago, the decade officially reaches the 50-year benchmark as of 2020. This means that sites from the 1970s era are beginning to become eligible for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, as one of the criteria for ... » Learn More about New Jersey’s 1970’s Heritage
The Lauriston Estate in Rumson Borough is an 1870 Colonial Revival mansion, designed by New York and Red Bank architect Leon Cubberly as the summer home for banker Henry A. Caesar and his wife, Laura Unger Caesar. It is the only residential building in Rumson listed on the National ... » Learn More about Lauriston Estate
Constructed between 1913 and 1915 by the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the Cranford roundhouse is one of three known surviving roundhouses in New Jersey. The other two are located in Hawthorne and Newark. Roundhouses were common during the first half of the twentieth century during ... » Learn More about Cranford Roundhouse
The Derick Sutfin House in Monmouth Battlefield State Park is the park’s oldest structure, and witnessed some of the Revolution’s most dramatic scenes. Jacob Sutfin constructed the dwelling after purchasing the property in 1718. During the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778, the ... » Learn More about Derick Sutfin House
In response to The Great Depression, the Division of Subsistence Homesteads was created in 1933 to promote a “back to land” philosophy that would “relieve industrial workers and struggling farmers from complete dependence on factory or agricultural work”. Under this initiative, ... » Learn More about Roosevelt Public School
Elks Hall, home to Elks Lodge #324, sits proudly on Livingston Avenue adjacent to the newly revitalized Cultural Arts District in downtown New Brunswick. Dedicated in 1926, Elks Hall is an example of classical revival architecture designed by local Highland Park architect Alexander ... » Learn More about Elks Hall
Nearly hidden behind the South Orange police station, the Old Stone House is the oldest extant structure in the Township and, possibly New Jersey. The original walls of what residents now call the Old Stone House potentially predate 1680 when the property was named in a land grant made ... » Learn More about Old Stone House
The Records Storage Building, which sits at the northeast edge of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&WRR) rail yard in Hoboken, is a three-story, red brick building that has stylistic references to English Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. Features are also ... » Learn More about Records Storage Building
The Fort Lee Post Office was constructed using funds allocated by the Department of Treasury as a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program in 1938. In the late 1930’s, the US Postal Service dramatically expanded and improved its facilities across the country to ... » Learn More about Fort Lee Post Office