New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
Identify: Identification of historic properties… Protect: Protection of historic properties… Preserve: Tools for historic preservation… Sustain: Education, outreach, and technical assistance…


This monthly feature highlights recent and fascinating National Register listings and eligible properties,
tax act projects, compliance review success
stories, as well as outstanding local efforts in
New Jersey’s historic preservation.

Radium Girls
The Story of US Radium’s Superfund Site

Orange, New Jersey

US Radium Dial Painters, c. 1922 , Paint Application Building, 2nd floor Credit: Argonne National Laboratory

At peak production during World War I, as many as 300 young women worked as ‘dial painters’ at their neighborhood US Radium Corporation plant in Orange, New Jersey.

Seated at long benches on the second floor of the concrete Paint Application building with its large windows and skylights, they meticulously wielded minute brushes painting luminous paint on the numerals and hands of wrist watches and airplane cockpit dials. Within ten years, many would be dead.

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People, Programs & Resources for
New Jersey's Heritage...

New Jersey's Historic Preservation Office, located within the Department of Environmental Protection, brings expertise in a variety of fields essential to preserving historic resources.

We count among our staff historians, researchers, planners, architectural historians, architects, engineers, & archaeologists. We respond to more than 40,000 calls yearly from people working to preserve, protect and promote New Jersey's historic resources.

Whether you are interested in establishing a local historic district, nominating a building to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, or interested in restoring your house, you can find information and guidance by following the links on this page.

News & Highlights:

Meetings & Events:

General Information:


501 East State Street
Station Plaza Building 5, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ

Mailing Address:

Mail Code 501-04B
State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Historic Preservation Office
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

TEL: (609) 984-0176
FAX: (609) 984-0578

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Photo Credits:
IDENTIFY - "White Manna Diner" courtesy Leon Yost;
PROTECT - "Trenton War Memorial Flagpole" courtesy Vitetta Group;
PRESERVE - "State House Annex" courtesy NJ Division of Building and Construction;
SUSTAIN - "Operation Archaeology" courtesy Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

This publication has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office. The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of the Interior. This program receives federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or handicap in its federally assisted programs.If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW (NC200), Washington D.C. 20240.