Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Barron Arts Center

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $9,000 (2002); $50,000 (2012)
Grant Recipient: Township of Woodbridge
County: Middlesex
Municipality: Woodbridge

The Barron Arts Center has been housed in the former Barron Library since 1977, when the library operation moved to a new building. The handsome brownstone was constructed in 1877 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and its construction was funded by a bequest from township native Thomas Barron. In addition to its decorative exterior, the interior exhibits decorative tiles, and exposed vaulted ceilings and ornamental stained glass windows. The center hosts exhibits, concerts, and classes for 3,000 participants annually.

Woodbridge plans to move the arts center to a new facility within two years. The 2012 Trust grant will help fund a heritage tourism assessment to determine the feasibility of creating a heritage and visitors center in the former library.

A previous 2002 grant helped fund the services of an architect and stained glass conservator to study and make repair and restoration recommendations for the preservation of both the stained glass windows and their architectural frames.

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