Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Riegel Ridge Community Center

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Grant Award: $600,000 (1996)
Grant Recipient: Riegel Ridge Community Center
County: Hunterdon
Municipality: Holland Township

Constructed in 1937-38 by the Riegel Paper Corporation as a recreational and social center for workers and their families, the building exemplifies the paternalistic and philanthropic mindset common among American corporations at the time. Such efforts were in response to such factors as the growing size of the factory workforce and the threat of labor unrest.

Designed by prominent New York architect James Gamble Rogers in the Colonial Revival style, the building is a sophisticated interpretation of the region's vernacular architecture. The grant funded exterior repairs, new mechanical, electrical and security systems, and the restoration of historic interior finishes, including the full-size gymnasium. The building, now part of the township's 22-acre recreational complex, is now a member-supported community and recreation center that is used for community meetings and events. The historic lobby houses exhibits about Riegel Ridge and the community center's history.

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