PATERSON, NJ - Restoration of the historic Lambert Castle and Carriage Barn got a major boost with the announcement of $2.25 million grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust last month.
The grant, according to a statement, will be awarded in three $750,000 increments over three years, and represents one of only five large scale multi-phase awards issued across the state. Funding wil be used to undertake extensive exterior and interior repairs, and includes the restoration of the adjacent Carriage House to be repurposed as office suites, community meeting space, and a permanent library for the Passaic County Historical Society’s archives.
“The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continue to invest in protecting historic assets for future generations to preserve Passaic County’s rich history,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Lepore. “Passaic County is a leader in tourism growth in New Jersey because of these investments, and each year we are seeing increased visitation at Passaic County operated historic sites. Once restored, Lambert Castle is going to be an attraction for visitors in the metropolitan region, and an anchor of economic growth in lower Passaic County.”
The entire restoration project, proposed by Clarke Caton Hintz, a historic preservation architectural firm, was launched in August, 2018 with the completion the Lambert Castle Conditions Assessment & Feasibility Study, and was followed with the preparation of construction documents which are slated to be completed by the end of the year.
The estimated project budget is $8.5 million with the required grant match coming from the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
“I want to thank the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders for its commitment to protecting Passaic County’s historic sites, and its investment in the rehabilitation of Lambert Castle and Carriage House,” stated Passaic County Historic Society President A. Michael Rubin. “Over the last two years, the County has provided financial assistance and personnel to the Passaic County Historical Society to relocate and protect our extensive holdings of library archives, artifacts, paintings, and historic objects for the duration of the repairs at Lambert Castle. I look forward to the Society’s continued partnership with the County in ensuring that the Lambert Castle Museum remains a regional tourist attraction and educational resource on Passaic County’s rich history.”
The Project is expected to be bid in early 2020, with repairs taking approximately three years.