Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Lambert Castle

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management
Capital Level II: Multiphase
Grant Award: $1,100,000 (1990); $50,00 (2018); $750,000 (2019)
Grant Recipient: Passaic County
County: Passaic
Municipality: Paterson

An outstanding example of Gilded Age opulence, Lambert Castle was built in 1893 by wealthy silk manufacturer, art collector, and amateur architect Catholina Lambert. Now a prominent landmark along Route 80, it survives as a monument to the era of the capitalist tycoon operating unfettered in a laissez-faire economy. The ornate decoration and scale and hilltop location of Lambert Castle stand in pointed contrast to the workers' housing below in Paterson. 

The 2019 Trust grant helped fund the Phase I exterior restoration of Lambert Castle. Phases II and III will entail the restoration of the Castle interior and landscape, as well as rehabilitation of the carriage house. The 2018 grant funded the preparation of construction documents for Lambert Castle and the Carriage House. The 1900 grant funded exterior brownstone restoration and interior preservation of the lavish interiors as well as provision of barrier-free access and life-safety improvements. Lambert Castle is currently used as a history museum, county offices, and a library for local history and genealogy. 

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