FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
PASSAIC COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS AWARDED
NEW JERSEY HISTORIC TRUST GRANT TO REHABILITATE LAMBERT CASTLE
Multi-million dollar grant will fund extensive repairs, and restore adjacent Carriage House
Paterson, New Jersey – Last week, the New Jersey Historic Trust announced a Multi-Phase Capital Level II Preservation Grant to the County of Passaic for the Lambert Castle and Carriage House Restoration Project in the amount of two million and two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($2,250,000.00). The grants will be awarded in three seven hundred and fifty thousand dollar ($750,000.00) increments over three years. For the first time, the Trust accepted applications for large scale, multi-phased projects. The Lambert Castle project was one of five multi-phase grant awards in New Jersey. The project includes exterior and interior repairs, site improvements and the rehabilitation and restoration of the adjacent Carriage House. The Carriage House is going to be repurposed as a visitor center, 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 Passaic County. Moreover, I want to thank Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Historic Trust for this investment in protecting Passaic County’s historic sites.”
In August 2018, Clarke Caton Hintz – a historic preservation architectural firm – completed the Lambert Castle Conditions Assessment & Feasibility Study. The Study outlined a general assessment of existing conditions, and recommendations for repairs at Lambert Castle and the Carriage House. Thereafter, the County retained Clarke Caton Hintz to prepare constructions documents, which are slated to be completed by the end of the year. The estimated Project budget is eight million five hundred thousand dollars ($8,500,000.00), with the required grant match coming from the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
“On behalf of the Passaic County Historical Society, we 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 Historical Society President A. Michael Rubin. “The County has provided assistance 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 collaboration 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. The Lambert Castle Museum and surrounding area will be closed to the public for the duration of the Project beginning January 1, 2020.
CONTACT: KEITH FURLONG, (732) 687-0880