On June 26, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to award a $443,618.55 contract for the Dey Mansion Garden Restoration Project.
The Dey Mansion Gardens were designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architecture Firm in 1935, but it has been heavily degraded and only a few features of the design remain. The goal of the restoration project is to restore and retain the historical integrity of the original Olmsted design, while using a modern-day approach that includes deer resistant plants, appropriate paving for snow removal, and is ADA accessible.
“The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continues to invest in the Dey Mansion since initially re-opening the museum doors in 2016, and the Dey Mansion Gardens are the last piece of the puzzle that will restore the historic home to its former glory,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “Our county’s rich history is the foundation for our bright future, and my colleagues and I remain committed to preserving historical treasurers throughout Passaic County.”
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In February 2016, the Passaic County Freeholders funded a multi-million renovation project that rehabilitated the Dey Mansion and allowed it to re-open to the public. The Freeholders have since created the Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs, which operates the historic house museum, expanded hours and programs, built a visitor center, and launched an informative website.
“We are investing in our history so we can preserve it for future generations,” said Freeholder Assad Akhter. “We are also in the middle of restoring the Westervelt-Vanderhoef House in Clifton, and we are about to start the rehabilitation of the Historic Rea House in Hawthorne. Our vision is to restore and repurpose all of our historic structures so they can offer programs and other opportunities for residents and tourists alike.”