A lighthouse from the 1800s and a train terminal rank among the state’s 10 most endangered places.
Preservation New Jersey, the nonprofit historic reservation organization, announced its annual list of the state’s top 10 endangered historic places. The list highlights cultural, architectural and archaeological places in the Garden State.
Built in 1930, the terminal had six tracks for trains coming in from Hoboken. This allowed commuters to travel into New York.
Though stores are located at the terminal, developers have proposed to put in its place apartments, a supermarket and office and retail space. The preservation group doesn’t believe replacing the terminal with apartments is an alternate redevelopment.
Built in 1849, the East Point Lighthouse is located in the Township of Maurice River in Cumberland County. The lighthouse is the second oldest in New Jersey and is owned by the state.
Water is threatening the lighthouse, the preservation group said. Erosion has washed out dunes used to protect the lighthouse and the preservation group believes the state needs to explore options to preserve it.
For generations the location served family-style turkey dinners. Opened in the 1800s, the restaurant was reopened as Larison’s Turkey Farm Inn in 2002 then closed in 2005.
The future of the farm remains in doubt as plans have been proposed to tear down the location and build a new restaurant, office and medical buildings.
For years, the park pavilion was a tourist destination. The pavilion has since gone unused. The preservation group has said the county has so far budgeted over $1 million but no other steps have been taken to preserve the park.
Owned by the Archdiocese of Newark, performances at the theatre are put on by the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, the preservation said.
While it’s owned by the archdiocese, the organization is open to leasing the building in the hopes it can be restored similarly to Loew’s Jersey Theatre in neighboring Jersey City.
The manor became a boarding school for girls in the mid 18th century, the preservation group said. The building was also used as an office for the local school district.
The owner of the manor has made repairs, the preservation group said, but the township has tried to approve converting the location into an apartment complex.
U.S. Animal Quarantine Station in Clifton in Passaic County
Dubbed the “Ellis Island for animals” from 1900 to 1979, giraffes, cattle and sheep roamed the station. The location now houses the Clifton municipal complex.
Initially the station opened in 1903 and was meant to house imported sheep and cattle.
While poor conditions have plagued the station from housing animals, Clifton Historic Quarantine Station Preservation Foundation wants to preserve the location.
The Wildwoods are a collection of four towns in South Jersey: the City of Wildwood, City of North Wildwood, Borough of Wildwood Crest, Borough of West Wildwood and Cape May County.
The Wildwoods’ municipalities have become popular shore locations for the nearby beaches and boardwalks in its area. Following the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the preservation group said restoring older buildings has not been easy. The group said pressure should be put on the local government within the four locations to renovate and preserve the properties.
The house was brought to the township in the early 1700s by Dutch settlers, the preservation group said. It’s now owned by the township.
Since the home has been vacant and uninhabitable due to lack of maintenance, the preservation group has said the township should repair the home.
Historic firehouses statewide
“Today’s fire engines, ladder trucks, and ambulances are much larger and heavier than their predecessors, and as a result, many historic firehouses cannot fit modern emergency equipment,” the group Preservation New Jersey said in a statement. “Communities often respond by re-locating stations, or demolishing historic stations and constructing new. This has created a preservation crisis as these significant buildings of a community’s past are being abandoned or disappearing entirely.”