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10 Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ

PRESERVATION NEW JERSEY ANNOUNCES THE
10 MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES LIST FOR 2022
 
TRENTON, NJ – In recognition of National Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey at a press conference at the State House Annex at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 17th 2022. PNJ was joined by the advocates for this year’s endangered historic places to support New Jersey’s threatened cultural and architectural heritage. A reception followed at the William Trent House.
 
The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. The list, generated from nominations by the public, aims to attract new perspectives and ideas to sites in desperate need of creative solutions.
 
Selections to the 10 Most Endangered list are based on three criteria: 
· historic significance and architectural integrity, 
· the critical nature of the threat identified, and 
· the likelihood that inclusion on the list will have a positive impact on efforts to protect the resource 
 
Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, difficulties raising adequate historic preservation funding, and the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals. This year, in addition to individual sites, we list two categories; places associated with New Jersey’s underrepresented histories, and twenty-five years after its first listing in the ‘10 Most,’ cemeteries. 
 
Although PNJ’s 10 Most Endangered Places list is published once per year, the fight for the preservation of our historic and cultural resources takes place in communities around our state on a daily basis. At Preservation, New Jersey, our educational programming and advocacy efforts continue year-round. Many properties previously listed among the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places have once again become assets to New Jersey’s communities. Others continue to need more attention, resources, and care. A first-of-its-kind, comprehensive research project is underway to update PNJ’s 10 Most Endangered Places listings, as well as contact information for all the 200+ places, so that we can better understand and share these stories.
 
We are fortunate that this year’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places Program is supported by the following sponsors: HMR Architects, Kreilick Conservation, Architectural Window Corporation, Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc., and Mills + Schnoering Architects.
 
 
The 2022 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ
 
 
Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
 
 
Caldwell, Essex County
 
 
 
Statewide
 
 
 
Highlands, Monmouth County
 
 
Stockton, Hunterdon County
 
 
Jersey City, Hudson County
 
 
 
 
 
Bradley Beach, Monmouth County
 
 
Hackensack, Bergen County
 
Founded in 1978, Preservation New Jersey is a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes the economic vitality, sustainability, and heritage of New Jersey’s diverse communities through advocacy and education. Preservation New Jersey produces this annual list of New Jersey’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in addition to other advocacy programs; provides educational workshops; publishes a quarterly newsletter; organizes the New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards, serves as a resource for technical assistance and general advice for the public; and addresses legislation and public policies that impact New Jersey’s historic places and communities.
 
Visit Preservation New Jersey’s website at www.preservationnj.org for more information regarding the organization and the 10 Most Endangered program. For details about national Preservation Month, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at www.preservationnation.org.

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