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State office buildings in Trenton get a temporary reprieve

November 20, 2017

Earlier this year we reported on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s plan to demolish a group of state-owned office buildings in Trenton, including a two-building Modern complex designed by Alfred and Jane West Clauss that has been determined eligible for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The plan had been winding its way through the approval process, but recently hit a roadblock when it came before the State House Commission, a board comprising state legislators and the governor’s staff. The commission voted unanimously to delay the project until the newly-elected governor, Phil Murphy, takes office in January. The commission also cited concerns that the proposed project did not conform to Trenton’s Master Plan. As this is only a temporary delay, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State will continue to monitor future developments.

Christie’s plan to tear down Trenton state office buildings punted to Murphy,” The Trentonian, November 13, 2017 

Department of Health and Agriculture Complex, Trenton, Alfred Clauss and Jane West Clauss, 1962-63. Photo courtesy