Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Old Jail

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Grant Award: $637,057.50 (2000)
Grant Recipient: County of Bergen
County: Bergen
Municipality: Hackensack City

Bergen County's unusual castellated Old Jail was designed by architect James Riely Gordon and constructed in 1912. The fortress-like jail expresses an outmoded but historically important attitude toward incarceration. It is an integral architectural component of the County's National Register-listed Criminal Justice complex and a fine example of a vanishing public building type which is difficult to adapt to new uses.

The Trust grant funded exterior restoration of masonry, steel lintels and bars, and window sash, and relocation of visually-intrusive, non-historic mechanical equipment. The effort was part of a $6.5 million preservation project that included adapting the old jail to records storage.

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