TRENTON, NJ - Two distinctive landmarks within the City of Paterson have been nominated to the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places.  The Passaic County Court House, built in 1904, and the United States Custom House and Post Office, built in 1899, have taken the first step in maintaining their historic architectural and cultural integrity. 

The United States Custom House and Post Office, an example of Flemish renaissance revival style architecture and the Passaic County Court House, designed in the late Italian renaissance revival style may have their physical features and historic qualities preserved under the State Register Nomination, once approved.

To celebrate May as National Preservation Month in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council have announced the recipients of the 25th Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects and groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state’s history.

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This year’s awards honors, among others, include the dynamic Historic Preservation Commission in Paterson, the preservation and rehabilitation of historic truss bridges in Hunterdon County and an old schoolhouse in Mahwah, and three brothers who focus on the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of sizeable historic buildings in Newark.

The Historic Preservation Commission in Paterson consists of seven regular and two alternate members whose mission is preserving Paterson’s historic resources in municipally-designated historic districts.  Their combined diverse qualifications and experience relate to historic architecture, building design, construction and materials, and history. 

Since 1988, the HPC in Paterson has fostered an increase in public awareness of the importance of historic structures, preserved many properties, and fed recognition of assets of excellence and enduring quality. 

“This year’s award recipients have taken on the worthy cause of preserving the important links to our past, while ensuring that our state’s heritage and architectural works are sustained,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “Their efforts help preserve our state’s storied history and improve the quality of life for all residents of New Jersey.”

The awards, which were presented on May 14 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, are made for significant contributions to the advancement of historic preservation; restorations, rehabilitations, and adaptive use plans of historic buildings and cultural landscapes; establishing innovative documentation of our historic resources which contribute to the knowledge of our past; and pioneering inventive efforts to preserve communities, buildings, archaeological sites, and other types of historic resources.

Along with the HPC of Paterson, other 2015 Historic Preservation award winners were:

The Hanini Group, Newark, Essex County, 527 Mount Prospect, Newark, Essex County, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Headquarters at the Darlington Schoolhouse, Mahwah, Bergen County, Duke Farms Vision Plan, Hillsborough, Somerset County, Hunterdon County Division of Roads, Bridges, and Engineering, The Paramount at the Beacon, Jersey City, Hudson County

Along with the Passaic County Court House, and the United States Custom House and Post Office in Paterson, documents to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places also include Rehabilitation of the Screen House at the Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton, Hunterdon County; Garry Wheeler Stone


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