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June 24, 2004

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DEP's State Historic Preservation Office Names Three New Sites to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places

(04/70) TRENTON -- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced the addition of three historic sites in Bergen, Passaic and Middlesex counties to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

"These sites have long been locally recognized for their historic significance. Listing them to the State Register will afford them an elevated level of protection, prestige and recognition vital to the community and to the state," said Commissioner Campbell.

The State Register of Historic Places is a list of properties and areas worthy of preservation for their historical, architectural, cultural or archeological 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.

Campbell will also recommend that the properties be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, administered by the National Park Service. National Register listing offers a measure of protection from federally sponsored or assisted undertakings that could result in destruction or damage.

Additions to the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places include:

Eastside Park Historic District, Paterson, Passaic County
The Eastside Park Historic District is an architecturally and historically significant development spanning from 1890-1950. This large district is almost exclusively a residential neighborhood, consisting of 59 residential blocks, a 66-acre park and three small triangular parks.

The district consists of an extremely diverse and representative mix of development that includes not only mansions, but also working-class houses. The district is significant for its period revival architecture and the community planning and development of the neighborhood.

This district is also noteworthy for its landscape architecture. John Yapp Culyer, the assistant engineer of Central Park and Prospect Park, initially designed the district as a scenic park.

Careful stewardship of the homes and parks has created a stable community of residents in a district that has retained a good degree of integrity.

Demarest Railroad Depot, Demarest Borough, Bergen County
The Demarest Railroad Depot, constructed in 1872, is well known for its Romanesque Revival architecture, reflected in the rough-cut brownstone with decorative detailing. The most notable portion of the depot is the portico with a flared hip roof, belfry and steeple.

The depot is significant for its association with the region's change from a self-sufficient rural community to one that was open to broader markets, which coincides with the introduction of rail service. The construction of this station was directly influenced by the change in rail service from freight transportation to expanded passenger service.

Livingston Manor Historic District, Highland Park Borough, Middlesex
Livingston Manor is a residential neighborhood, established primarily between 1906 and 1925. The district is an excellent example of early 20th century planned, private, suburban development. It is historically significant in its architectural and communal design and development.

The neighborhood has many examples of vernacular Queen Anne houses, Bungalows and Colonial Revival houses, built for a range of working and middle class homebuyers. Even with the variety of architectural style, the houses in the Livingston Manor District remain distinct with the use of specific building plans that cannot be found anywhere else in Highland Park.

Watson Whittlesey, often referred to as the "Lord of the Manor," was the key player in the development of the district. He purchased the Livingston homestead and created the housing development. Whittlesey worked to not only build a development of houses, but to build a community as well. He was actively involved in community affairs at the municipal level, he provided playgrounds for the children, receptions for the residents, and constructed a clubhouse and athletic fields to promote healthful living.

This district has been significantly recognized locally. The local town credits the advance of the borough's development to the early success of Livingston Manor.



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