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May 10, 2005

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DEP Presents Awards For Historic Preservation at the 15th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony

(05/55) TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council recognized the steadfast efforts of nine individuals and groups working to preserve the state's valuable historic resources at a ceremony in the State House, in Trenton on Saturday, May 7.

From the extraordinary rehabilitation of the Essex County Courthouse in Newark, to the simple restoration of Alice Paul's birthplace, Paulsdale, in Mount Laurel, this year's award recipients celebrate our state's historic legacy while re-affirming the importance of human efforts in preserving our historic places.

"Local preservation efforts are critical to defining our communities and celebrating our history," said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "This year's award recipients are models for historic preservation in New Jersey and their communities."

The New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards Program is held annually during National Historic Preservation month to increase public awareness of historic preservation; to recognize projects and contributions by individuals, organizations and agencies; and to acknowledge volunteer contributions to preserve historic resources.

Created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971, this year's National Historic Preservation month theme, "Restore America: Communities at a Crossroads," encourages the celebration of local preservation efforts.

This year's award recipients include:

The Union Building, Newark, Essex County
Recognized for the historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use in downtown Newark by the Regan Development Corporation, this ten story office building was converted into 63 luxury residential apartment units including street level office and retail space. Incorporating appropriate preservation standards, this project qualified for federal investment tax credits and is now a vibrant, productive part of downtown Newark.

Hereford Inlet Light Station, North Wildwood, Cape May County
Presented to the Friends of Hereford Lighthouse, this award recognizes the multi-phased restoration of one of New Jersey's maritime treasures. Meticulously detailed and carefully executed, the completed Hereford Inlet Light Station hosts over 140,000 visitors each year and has become a beacon of light to the shore community.

Allentown Public Library, Allentown, Monmouth County
This award was presented to the Allentown Public Library for the adaptive re-use of a church into a community library. Once a Baptist Church, the building was almost destroyed by a fire in1972. Due to the community's many years of grass roots fundraising and perseverance, the building's history not only survived but also lives on as Allentown's public library.

Newark International Airport Administrative Building, Newark, Essex County
Constructed in 1935 as the centerpiece for the most significant airport in the world at the time, the Administrative Building was in the way of a runway expansion project. Rather than face demolition, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey picked up the building, relocated it adjacent to a taxiway, added an addition, restored its most significant Art Deco interiors and installed interpretive exhibits. The building is once again the heart of airport operations.

Patricia Anne Salvatore, Lower Township resident, Cape May County
Patricia Anne Salvatore is being honored for her years of dedication to preserving and promoting New Jersey's historic resources. Not only is she instrumental in founding and developing Cold Spring Village as a tourist destination, but also as a retired 'volunteer,' she continues to oversee the village's day to day operations. She is an impassioned supporter of all things historic and has tirelessly advocated for increased funding for the history and historic preservation community.

Salem Historic Homes, Hedge, Thompson & South Third Street, Salem, Salem County
Transforming an entire blighted neighborhood of abandoned properties, Pennrose Properties, working in concert with Salem City, created 104 rental apartment and 28 new residential units. Use of the federal investment tax credit was crucial to the project's financial success.

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Transportation Opportunity Center and Independence House, Paterson, Passaic County
This project is recognized for both its creative conversion of an abandoned industrial building (once part of the Rogers Locomotive Works) and also its success as an integral part of Paterson's community. Putting together a variety of funding sources, the completed rehabilitation now houses a variety of community-based programs for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation. It is an example of how private development, social needs, and city and state authorities can come together to create an economically viable and socially progressive project.

Paulsdale Rehabilitation, Mount Laurel. Burlington County
This award recognizes the superb rehabilitation of Paulsdale, a National Historic Landmark, and Alice Paul's birthplace. Since purchasing the house at fair market value in the late 1980's, the Alice Paul Institute has worked tirelessly not only to raise funds to complete the rehabilitation, but to promote the preservation of women's historic sites throughout the state and nationally.

Essex County Courthouse, Newark, Essex County
Constructed in 1905 and designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert, the Essex County Courthouse is one of New Jersey's most significant public buildings. This preservation award acknowledges an extraordinary effort, successfully integrating modern office needs while conserving and restoring the building's interior structural and decorative elements to their original grandeur.

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