Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Plainfield Y.W.C.A.

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Grant Award: $200,000 (2000)
Grant Recipient: Y.W.C.A. of Plainfield/North Plainfield
County: Union
Municipality: Plainfield

The Plainfield Y.W.C.A. is a distinctive English Tudor-style building constructed in 1924 by Arthur Ware of New York City. This important Plainfield institution played a significant role in the history of the women's labor movement and African-American integration. The structure retains much of it original floor plan and decorative finishes and still hosts numerous programs for its 850 members.

The Trust grant helped fund the restoration of the vacant theater and the rehabilitation of the second floor, including barrier-free access.

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