Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Camp Evans Historic District

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $50,000 (2012)
Grant Recipient: InfoAge Science History Center
County: Monmouth
Municipality: Wall

The property was first developed in the early 20th century as Marconi’s Belmar Wireless Communication Station and played a key role in establishing trans-Atlantic wireless communication during World War I. The U.S. Army took over the property during World War II and used the site, then called Camp Evans, in the development of radar technology. Following the end of World War II the site continued to lead the development of radar technology for use during the Cold War and as a nuclear weapons research facility.

Starting in 1990, the Army began to close Camp Evans, and portions of the facility were turned over to Wall Township. In 2006, the applicant signed a twenty year lease with the township to utilize buildings within the district, including Building 9010A, which was designed by New Jersey architect John T. Rowland in 1941. The organization is responsible for the district’s fifty-seven buildings and structures.

The Trust grant helped fund the preparation of a Preservation Master Plan with 15-year prioritized recommendations and mini-preservation briefs that will guide skilled volunteers who donate time and materials toward the building’s preservation.

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