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January 9, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994
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DEP's Historic Preservation Office Adds the Battleship New Jersey to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places

Two other historical sites listed to the State Register

(04/01) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced the listing of the Battleship New Jersey in Camden to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

"The Battleship New Jersey is our nation's most decorated battleship and now a permanent fixture in New Jersey's rich history," said Commissioner Campbell. "Its listing on the New Jersey State Register will honor and tribute the brave sailors who served on the Battleship during its long and distinguished career."

The Battleship served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam and further operations throughout the Mediterranean, near Lebanon, South America and the Panama Canal until she was decommissioned for the last time in 1991. The Battleship New Jersey concluded her long journey home in 1999 and is now a floating museum on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront.

"Tourists who have visited the Battleship New Jersey will be pleased to know that such a renowned attraction is now listed to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. The battleship has been a favorite among visitors who can take a two-hour guided tour available year-round," said Nancy Byrne, Executive Director of Travel and Tourism.

The Battleship New Jersey is an Iowa Class battleship named for the state of New Jersey. Built by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, she was christened by the wife of former Governor Charles Edison of New Jersey and launched on December 7, 1942.

Campbell also announced the listing of the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, Hudson County and the Water Witch Club Historic District in Middletown Township, Monmouth County to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

"The next step is to recommend that these properties be placed on the National Register of Historic Places," Campbell added. "Long after we are gone, future generations will be able to envision life as it was lived in previous centuries."

St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church is an 1892 Gothic-influenced church featuring a granite exterior trimmed with brownstone; a copper-sheathed steeple and a richly painted interior illuminated by nearly 30 elaborate stained glass windows. The church is not only significant for its architecture, but also as the meeting place and focal point of the large Polish community in Jersey City.

The Water Witch Club Historic District is an important intact example of a late 19th and early 20th century planned summer community.

It was designed entirely by architects who were also members and residents of the Club. The architecture of the Club features significant examples of the Shingle, Colonial Revival and Rustic styles.

Several important architects designed buildings and resided at the Water Witch Club - Frederick P. Hill, Lyman A. Ford and Austin W. Lord. The Club's location on a steep wooded hill overlooking Sandy Hook Bay enhances the picturesque qualities of the site and the curvilinear street plan gives the site a visual diversity and a sense of harmony with nature. It has been transformed into a year-round community.

The State Register is a list of properties and areas worthy of preservation for their historical, architectural, cultural or archaeological significance. New Jersey Register law requires review of any state, county or municipal undertaking that involves properties listed in the New Jersey Register. These reviews are designed to prevent destruction or damage of historic resources by public agencies.

The National Register, administered by the National Park Service offers protection of historic sites from federally sponsored or assisted undertakings.

 

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