2005 Historic Preservation Awards
The New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP), Historic Preservation Office and NJ Historic
Sites Council are pleased to announce the 15th Annual Historic Preservation
Awards recognizing the efforts of individuals, organizations and government
agencies to preserve the State's valuable resources. The
annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony will be held at
the New Jersey State House Assembly Chambers, on May 7, 2005.
for outstanding "Contributions or Excellence"
will be presented to the following:
Union Bulding Rehabilitation
Essex County, Newark City.
ten story office building stood neglected and abandoned in the heart of Newark's
downtown. The building was suffering from extensive water damage on the interior,
causing a freeze thaw situation, buckling wood floors and cracking tile, marble
and mosaics. While the façade was in relatively fair condition, limestone
elements were weathered, there were cracked joints, need for stone and lintel
patching and for replacement of missing cornice elements. Overall, the building
facade required extensive cleaning.
Regan Development Corporation
recognized that despite its present condition, the building had "good bones"
and set out to transform this wonderful structure into 63 luxury apartment
units, re-introducing rentable retail storefronts and office space at the
street level. The openness of the 7,500 square-foot floor plan at each floor
was very adaptable to a creative apartment configuration allowing for natural
light. Skylights, cast bronze and interior marble wainscoting and mosaic
floors were retained and restored where they survived. The 274 windows were
painstakingly removed and rehabilitated in an on-site workshop. Local unskilled
labororers were hired and trained to perform the carpentry repairs, and
windows were then reinstalled in their original openings. In addition, a
new secondary egress stair tower was constructed in the existing court area.
The work was so meticulously executed that it easily qualified for federal
investment tax credits.
The total cost for
this transformation was $6.5 Million. In the end, 30 years of deterioration,
weather damage and structural faults of this barren skeleton of a building
were transformed. It is now restored to much of its original brilliance
bringing new life to revitalization efforts in downtown Newark.
to: Regan Development Corporation; Mikesell & Associates, Architects;
Del-Sano Contracting Corp.; David A. Sobine, Inc., Construction Management;
FPS Design, Project Engineers; KLG-Yoon Inc., Mechanical Engineers; Zakalak
Associates, Preservation Consultants; Guerreiro Construction; South Jersey
Gypsum Floors; Nova Development Group, Inc.; Union Stone; A&B, LLC; Paint
& Roller; American Cabinetry, Inc.; William Rauh Roofing; Tru-Fit; HASCO
Industries; Lance Studios; Rotavele Elevator; Ponzo Mechanical; AGS Plumbing
& Heating; Supreme Heating & Air; Power Electric.
Inlet Light Station
Cape May County, North Wildwood Borough
This 1874 lighthouse
was declared surplus property and decommissioned by the U S Coast Guard
in the 1970's. A small group of local citizens banded together to save this
gem from demolition and since then, has worked tirelessly to not only see
it saved and preserved, but functioning as an important maritime interpreter
to thousands of visitors each year. It is owned by the state and leased
to the North Wildwood Lighthouse Commission. Unlike most tall conical shaped
masonry towers, this 4th order tower & lantern is residential in scale,
a wood frame building that was meant to house a family and keep the light
burning at the same time. Taking 7 years, the project cobbled together funding
from a variety of sources including the NJ Historic Trust and federal transportation
enhancement funds matched by visitor donations. The project included a new
roof, overall exterior repair or reproduction of missing architectural details,
restoration of windows, doors, siding, porch structures, and exterior painting
to match the historic period paint analysis. The final phase of work consisted
of interior rehabilitation, asbestos abatement, fire suppression, and a
new HVAC system. The cost for all phases is estimated at $1.1 Million dollars.
This award truly exemplifies
the importance of volunteers. The community support for this project was
reflected in the numerous letters of recommendation that were received in
support of the nomination, from both federal and state legislators as well
as from directors of area organizations and chambers of commerce.
Inlet Lighthouse and its "keepers" are inseparable - one being a timeless
historic site for the State of New Jersey and the other the very heart
& soul that drives its preservation and utilization for present and
-Bob Trapani, President of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation,
to: The Friends of Hereford Lighthouse and Mrs. Phyllis Catanoso, Founder
and First Chair; Aldo A. Palumbo, Mayor, City of North Wildwood; Ralph Patrella,
Chair, North Wildwood Lighthouse Commission; Paul DiFilippo, Past Chair,
North Wildwood Lighthouse Commission; Steve Murray, Past Chair, Prinicpal
Curator, and Interpreter of Colllections; Peter Harp, Acting Keeper; Betty
Mugnier, Historic Site Manager and Chief Tour Guide; Hugh J. McCauley and
United Architects, Project Architect; Haverstick Borthwick, General Contractor.
Monmouth County, Allentown Borough
Reuse is an important aspect to preserving the built environment, but religious
buildings are one of the most difficult building types to re-use while maintaining
architectural character and quality. Currently this building houses the
Allentown Public Library, but it was originally built in 1879 as the First
Baptist Church. The building suffered a fire in 1972 and the congregation
rebuilt at a new location. The windowless, burned out building was purchased
by the Library Board, cleaned up and became a new home to their collection
of books. Once all mortgages were paid in full in the early 1980's, a decision
had to be made about the building's future. Should it stay a library or
become something new? The final determination was that the building was
well suited to become the local library.
with an emergency stabilization grant in the mid-80's, the Library Board
has been fund raising for the last three decades, completing the transformation
in 2004 with the building's exterior facade restored to its former 19th
century elegance. The entire project totaled more than $1 million in rehabilitation
costs. Anonymous donors and community donations provided the match for grants
from the State Library Title II grant program, the Monmouth County Historical
Commission and from the NJ Historic Trust.
the most impressive accomplishments of this project is the sensitive insertion
of the new use; books, study carrels and circulation desk, barely detract
from the interior that once housed religious ceremony. The balcony has been
retained, restored in place and now appropriately hosts musical recitals.
The spirit of the community has been captured in this community effort.
Nominated by the chair of the local historic preservation commission, this
project is a wonderful example of sensitive re-use, respecting the architectural
qualities that reflect the building's significance while effectively housing
a new community use.
of Upper Freehold pride themselves on a small rural community deep
with history and the Allentown Public Library has been a part of that.
The great Italian philosopher, Cierco, once said, 'To add a library
to a house is to give that house a soul'. The Allentown Public Library
in many respects is the soul of Upper Freehold Township."
- Mayor Diecidue, Upper Freehold Township
goes to: The Allentown Public Library Board, Judy Reynolds, President
and Nancy Stein, Head Librarian; Cyndee Jonas and Dan Zorovich, Municpal
Liasons; Thomas Kocubinski, Project Architect (Emergency Stabilization);
Ricardo Perez, Design Link Construction Management; Michael Calafati, Historic
Building Architects; Robert Frizell, Inc., Structural Contractor; Mario
Di Maria, Porch Contractor; Joe Shaffer, Painter; Chuck Goss, Roofer; and
John A. Ruddiman, CPA.
International Airport Administration Building
Essex County, Newark City
This award represents
a project of heroic effort. The original administration building at Newark
Airport was constructed in 1935 as the centerpiece of the most significant
airport in the world at that time. This building was witness to many important
firsts in aviation history, and included an air traffic control center,
weather bureau, post office, and night and instrument landing capability.
The building design of swept back wings allowed planes to approach the building
and the waiting passengers. Previously, passengers would walk across the
tarmac to board planes on the taxiways. The building also housed a restaurant,
offices and hotel rooms to serve the public and airport staff. Aviation
pioneers such as Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Richard Byrd, and Howard
Hughes all spent considerable amounts of time at the airport during this
With the extension
of Runway 22R, the building could no longer be utilized in its original
location. The airport's need to relocate fire fighting operation and administrative
function became the impetus for the project.
The building was lifted
and separated into three parts and moved on hydraulic-controlled, soft-wheeled
dollies one half mile along taxiway Zulu to a prepared foundation. Lowered
into position, the building was knit back together and prepared for a new
addition. The sensitively designed addition was sited on the 'air side'
of the historic building, with a low profile so as not to be visible form
the main public 'landside' entry approach. Creating an internal courtyard,
provided not only open space for employees but public accessibility to the
historic control tower.
Interior spaces were
categorized by their significance and the main lobby area, rooftop control
tower and principal airside and landside entrances were restored. An interpretive
exhibit describing the airport's development is now located in the main
lobby. While the ten controversial murals painted by modern expressionist
artist Ashille Gorky were either lost or relocated to the Newark Museum,
one of the murals, Aviation in America, has been reproduced with accompanying
text and placed near its original location in the second floor lobby. This
project cost $55M, and took 2 ½ years to complete.
At a time when transportation
authorities and public agencies have been severely stretched, by implementing
broad sweeping security measures, while maintaining basic operations and
services, the Port Authority, a bi-state transportation authority, stands
out for their continuing commitment to preserving an important slice of
the nation's aviation history.
to: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Beyer Blinder Belle,
Project Architects; Prismatic Development Corporation, General Contractor;
Parson Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc, Structural and Electrical Engineers;
Maitra Associates, Mechanical & Plumbing Engineers; Susan Brady Lighting;
Accu-Cost Construction Consultants, Inc., Vertical Transportation; Lerch
Bates; James R. Gainfort, Architect (Envelope Consultant); HNTB Architects
Engineers Planners, Civil Engineer; Rudi J. Van Leeuwen, PE, Relocation
Consultant; Jablonski Berkowtiz Conservation, Inc., Architectural Conservator;
Wells Appel, Landscape Architect.
Good stewardship is
perhaps the most critical aspect of ensuring that historic buildings do
not vanish from the landscape. Our next recipient embodies good stewardship,
vision, advocacy and leadership all rolled into one person. Since her retirement
from her "real career" Patricia Anne Salvatore has dedicated her life to
the preservation of Cape May County's historic past. Because of her vision,
Historic Cold Spring Village, a collection of late 18th and 19th century
buildings saved from demolition by their relocation, has become a regional
tourist destination for thousands of visitors each year. As the Village's
non-salaried executive director, she has established an education program
that offers a variety of year-round programming to schools. The Village's
award winning 'distance learning' program has enabled these programs to
reach audiences well beyond New Jersey school children.
But Ms. Salvatore's
contributions go further than Cold Spring. Together with her husband Joseph,
Hangar #1 at the Cape May County Airport has been rescued, the Naval Air
Station Wildwood Foundation formed and the hangar now stands as a wonderful
tribute to WWII Navy fighter and dive-bomber pilots, a testament to their
role in military history. Never retreating from a challenge, the Salvatore's
have often contributed their own financial resources to protect historic
buildings from the elements. To date, they have contributed over $1 million
in personal funds to preserving the unique historic architectural heritage
of this state.
Mrs. Salvatore advocated
the idea of heritage tourism before the phrase became a household word.
She has committed herself to promoting history like no other individual
and has been fostering the linkages and partnerships that are so key to
enhancing the image of New Jersey for residents and tourists alike.
Mrs. Salvatore serves
on numerous boards, commissions, and advisory panels and has been recognized
by numerous organizations, including the Smithsonian Magazine/Traveler's
Conservation Foundation International Award for Outstanding Achievement
in Preservation and Tourism, for her lifetime dedication to the history
and preservation cause.
Patricia Anne Salvatore
is a generous volunteer, an engaged civic leader, and an inspiration for
every historic site. She is deservedly recognized for everything that she
has contributed to the historic preservation community in New Jersey.
"I am continually
in awe of this dynamo with her "can-do" attitude, and I firmly believe
that if every historic building in this state had Annie Salvatore
as its advocate, then the words "demolition by neglect" and "tear
down" would no longer be in the preservation community's vocabulary."
-Joan Berkey, Preservation Consultant
Salem County, Salem
award recognizes a history-laden community, a governing body with vision,
and a developer with experience in creating homes out of abandoned buildings,
resulting in a blighted neighborhood transformed into a catalyst for community
revitalization. The Hedge Carpenter Thompson neighborhood was listed in
the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places as the first step
in pursuing federal investment tax credits. But, in order to make this project
work, the city had to resolve issues such as absentee landlords, excessive
vacancy, the stigma associated with neglect, and the process of declaring
this neighborhood an area in need of redevelopment.
Seventy-six (76) historic
units over a six-block area were rehabhilitated, creating a total of 104
rental apartments. New, sensitively designed infill construction created
an additional 28 ADA accessible residential units on vacant lots.
Aside from the usual
worklist associated with the reuse of historic buildings, this project stands
apart, having integrated PSE&G's Energy Efficient, 5-Star Program, ensuring
energy efficiency was one of the project goals.
Balancing the need
to retain historic fabric while achieving the Energy Star ratings required
unique solutions. For instance, the original wood clapboard siding, installed
directly onto the balloon framed wood studs, had to be retained in place.
This meant that the introduction of wall insulation had to allow for proper
airflow to the interior face of the siding while achieving acceptable insulation
values. The solution: a one-inch air space directly behind the existing
siding was created by installing rigid foam panels sealed with foam caulking
in each wall cavity, over which fiberglass batt insulation was installed.
The total cost of this
project was $11.58 million. The nomination was made by the Salem Main Street
program, and supported by Preservation Salem, and the Salem County Historical
changes have encouraged a new vigor in the city, attracting people
and investment. There is a renaissance going on; it may take time,
but I think we can make it happen."
Earl R. Gage, City of Salem
to: The City of Salem, Mayor Earl R. Gage; Charles Lewis, Esq., Pennrose
Properties, Developer; Beth Kitchen, PP AICP, Project Architect; Robert
Danton, Builder;Tim Noble and Shelby Weaver Splain, Noble Preservation Services,
Frank R. Lautenberg Transportation Opportunity Center
Passaic County, Paterson City
Sometimes the remnants
of our industrial heritage are overlooked when an urban area sets about
to remake itself. This was not true in Paterson. The former Rogers Locomotive
Works, which later became the Paterson Silk Mill, is a contributing property
in the Great Falls Historic District, and has been recycled yet again. Today
this resource serves the community as a place of employment and opportunity
for low income individuals to find economic independence.
The two buildings combined
represent more than 42,500 square feet of adaptable space. After years of
abandonment, neglect and water infiltration, both from above and from the
raceway canal below, these rehabilitated structures now house a variety
of community services including offices, transportation industry related
user groups, job shuttle service, job training, a charter high school, and
the Paterson Family Center preschool. The second building also provides
residential facilities and support spaces for troubled youth. Preservation
guidelines were closely adhered to in ensuring that the character of these
industrial icons would be preserved while incorporating their new uses.
The large central skylight, once filled in, was restored in its original
location; ductwork, sprinklers, electrial conduit and the original structural
framing were left exposed, both for ease of maintenance and to preserve
the original industrial look of the building. Secondary egress was achieved
by upgrading the fire rating of the two-story bridge that links the buildings.
This project is an
outstanding example of how private development, social needs and city and
state authorities can come together to create an economically viable and
socially progressive project. The project cost of $6.5 million was funded
through the NJ Historic Trust, a Transportation Enhancement grant from NJDOT,
and a congressional appropriation from the United States Congress.
to: NJ Community Development Corporation, Owner; A & A, Construction
and Management Consultants; Human Services and Community Development, Owner
Representatives; Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell, Architects; Urbitran Associates,
Inc., Landscape Design; E & M Engineering, Mechanicals; Ortega Consulting,
Structural Engineering; Maribel Beas, Preservation Consultant; Mellick-Tully
& Associates, Inc., Environmental Consulting; A & J Consulting Engineering
Services, Communications; International Consultants, Inc., Cost Estimating;
Integrated Construction Enterprises, Inc,. Exterior Restoration; APS Contractors,
Inc., Interior Restoration.
Burlington County, Mount Laurel Township
Paulsdale, a National
Historic Landmark and birthplace of women's suffragist Alice Paul, has been
rehabilitated. The house, now serving as the headquarters for the Alice
Paul Institute, was made ADA accessible, and adapted to accommodate meeting
and workshop rooms on the first floor with shared office space on the second.
The exterior was restored to the period when Paulsdale was occupied by Alice
Paul and her family and operated as a 177-acre farm. A new kitchen and public
restrooms were incorporated; new HVAC , lighting and electrical systems
were integrated; an accessibility ramp was designed; and new plumbing and
fire detection/security systems were added. Interior wall and ceiling finishes
were repaired and refinished as needed.
Aside from the fabulous
execution of this project, the Institute works tirelessly to educate the
public on the life and work of Alice Stokes Paul, author of the Equal Rights
Amendment, founder of the National Woman's Party and life long activist
for human equality. The Institute has developed a leadership program using
the history of accomplished women to help today's young women develop their
own potential. The Institute was the impetus behind the Women's Heritage
Trail and continues to promote the preservation of sites associated with
The grand total for
this transformation was $1.4 million. Funding was made possible from a variety
of sources including the NJ Historic Trust, the Andy Warhol Foundation,
the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Heritage Investment Program
(division of Pew Charitable Trusts), the Burlington County Freeholders,
US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, special legislative appropriations
and many, many individual donations. This carefully preserved and restored
historic landmark will withstand the test of time and continue to inspire
and touch those who visit here. It reflects the strength and determination
of its namesake, Alice Paul, and, thanks to the Alice Paul Institute, will
remain a symbol of excellence into the future.
to: The Alice Paul Institute, and Rhonda Carboni, Executive Director;
Lou A. McCrory, John Bowie Associates, Project Architect; Bob Frizell, Robert
Frizell Inc., Contractor; Ford & Associates, Land Surveyor; Frank McKelvey,
Interpretive Planner; Heritage Investment Program; Keystone Engineering
Group, Electrical; Kittatinny Archaeological Research; Matt Mosca, Paint
Analysis; Nova Consultants, Wetlands Specialists; R.E. Coleman Associates,
Engineers; Sandy Lloyd, Architectural Historian; Susan Mattison, Landscape
Essex County, Newark City
by nationally know architect Cass Gilbert, the Essex County Courthouse was
dedicated in 1907, and is an important landmark in downtown Newark's historic
landscape. Deferred maintenance over the years led to chronic roof leaks,
and the beautiful Tiffany glass skylights, sculptures, and extensive murals
were at risk of being lost forever.
was undertaken in three sequential phases. The first phase of work included
developing a space allocation program for the Civil Division of the Superior
Court, and undertaking a careful architectural and historical analysis of
the existing building. The second addressed the exterior of the courthouse.
The marble façade was cleaned and restored. Missing and deteriorated decorative
elements were replicated and the monumental wood windows were restored.
Nine marble statues on the entablature, representing ideological concepts
of the justice system in America, were also restored and were retrofitted
with seismic restraints. The third and final phase focused on the interior
spaces, incorporating modern amenities and fully restoring interior while
adding new courtroom space.
the most interesting aspects of the project was the restoration of the building's
historic furniture, including original pieces designed by Cass Gilbert specifically
for the Courthouse.
one of the most spectacular spaces in the courthouse, is capped by a central,
Tiffany stained glass skylight flanked by two smaller side domes. The curved
walls of the dome, the pendentives, are graced with murals by artist Edwin
H. Blashfield representing the female allegorical figures of "Wisdom", "Knowledge",
"Power", and "Mercy."
cost for this magnificent undertaking was $40 million. The commitment on
the part of the Essex County Government is unparalleled. Thanks to their
vision and understanding of stewardship, this symbol of democracy and justice
will once again shine with its historic period grandeur.
goes to: Essex County and Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., County Executive;
Melinda Cortex, Essex County Dept of Public Works; Farwell Mills Gatsch,
Historic Architects; J.R. Loring and Associates, Mechanical and Electrical
Engineers; Schoor DePalma, Structural Engineers; Bareto/Dowd, Landscape
Architect; Switzer Group, Interior Architect and Furniture; Ann Kale Lighting;
Building Conservation Associates, Materials Conservation; Acentech, Inc.,
Acoustics and Audio-Visual Systems; Julie Sloan, Stained Glass Conservation;
Welsh Color and Conservation; Paint Analysis; Triestman and Sons Inc.; Furniture
Restoration; Cobra Construction Company, General Contractor; Hall Construction
Company; Finish and Restoration Contractor; Evergreene, Mural Restoration;
Tishman/Century 21; Construction Management.