Lambert Castle: 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ
The Museum's Hours are Wed thru Sun,
1 - 4pm (Noon - 4 pm Memorial Day-Labor Day)
ADA, Senior, and Student Discounts Offered
ADA Compliant and Family Friendly
Cash, Check, Visa and MasterCard accepted
"Just above the town (Paterson), on the ridge of hills that look across the broad valley of the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers to the towering buildings of Manhattan, lies the castle... -Belle Vista...”
-New York Times Magazine, 1897
Catholina Lambert (1834-1923) was the owner of the largest silk manufacturing factory in the city of Paterson, which at its peak employed nearly 1000 people and grossed over 1 million annually. He built Belle Vista in 1890 as a showpiece for his wealth and within a few years had dedicated a section of the home for gallery space where he could showcase his art collection, said to be the finest and largest of its kind in the state of New Jersey.
By 1914, years of financial struggles had caught up with Lambert. He began selling off much of his art collection and mortgaging off his estate and when he passed away in 1923, whatever was left was sold by his only heir, his son Walter. Walter Lambert sold the castle to the City of Paterson who eventually sold it to the now-defunct Passaic County Parks Commission.
In recognition of Lambert Castle's historic and architectural significance, it was listed on the New Jersey Register in 1975 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Today, Lambert Castle is owned and operated by the County of Passaic and is run by the Passaic County Historical Society, a non-profit corporation established in 1926, whom continues to use the building as a museum, library, and meeting space. For more information about Lambert Castle please visit the Passaic County Historical Society’s website: https://lambertcastleweb.wordpress.com
In August 2017, the County of Passaic completed a conditions assessment of Lambert Castle and plans are underway to begin the first phases of a preservation and restoration project to include the castle, the carriage barn and the surrounding property.