Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Great Falls Power Plant

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Grant Award: $50,000 (2007); $180,000 (2008); $180,000 (2010)
Grant Recipient: Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority
County: Passaic
Municipality: Paterson

This resource is part of a long history of harnessing the power of the Passaic River, an exercise that began in 1792 through the efforts of Alexander Hamilton and others with the creation of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.). The power plant, constructed in 1914, is a prominent landmark that is still in its original use. The constant exposure to moisture (located within the constant mist generated by the falls) and freeze-thaw cycles has compromised the masonry, but is an environmental condition that cannot be changed.

A 2008 Trust capital grant helped fund the repair of the deteriorated terra cotta cornice, which was a safety hazard and allowed water infiltration into the masonry below. The 2010 Trust grant will help fund continued exterior restoration. An earlier planning grant helped establish priorities for repairs.

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