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Two Modern buildings approved for New Jersey Register, recommended for National Register

July 21, 2015

At its July 2015 meeting the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites approved two Modern structures for listing on the state’s Register of Historic Places. The Tofani-DiMuzio House, located on Absecon Island in Atlantic County, was designed by Philadelphia-based architect Arthur Tofani, Jr for his uncle. Completed in 1951, the home retains many of its original details, including custom-designed wood cabinetry and furniture. The other Modern listing is Eero Saarinen’s very worthy Bell Laboratories in Holmdel. Its listing represents an important milestone for preservation advocates. Formerly slated for demolition, the massive corporate campus is being redeveloped by Somerset Development for a range of uses. Once they receive the State Historic Preservation Office’s signature, the properties will be listed on the New Jersey Register and simultaneously recommended to the National Park Service for listing on the National Register. View the NJ Historic Preservation Office’s Facebook page for more information and photos of the two sites. 

Top and Center: Tofani-DiMuzio House, Ventnor, NJ, Arthur Tofani, Jr., 1951.
Bell Labs, Homdel, NJ, Eero Saarinen & Associates, 1957-1962. All photos by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office.