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Preservation New Jersey’s top 10 most endangered historic sites includes three Modern buildings

May 22, 2017

By calling attention to threatened historic resources, Preservation NJ’s “10 Most” list increases public awareness of historic preservation issues and focuses critical attention on selected properties to assist in their protection. This year’s list includes three Modern sites: the James Rose Center (Ridgewood, Bergen County), the Department of Health and Agriculture (Trenton, Mercer County), and the Caldwell Motor Bank (Caldwell, Essex County). 

As DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State has previously reported, the James Rose Center was damaged by a fallen tree in May 2016, and requires costly repairs to make it safe again for its use as an educational center. We also recently reported on a threat to a set of state buildings in Trenton, the Department of Health and Agriculture, which is slated for demolition in 2019. New on our radar is the Caldwell Motor Bank, which was built in 1963 by the well-regarded Livingston, NJ, firm of Rotwein and Blake. The bank’s distinctive look, which includes three pedestal-like pavilions connected to one another by an undulating thin-shell concrete roof, makes a strong statement at a prominent intersection in the town. Due to the increasing reliance on automated tellers, the bank has been empty for nearly two years, and creative ideas will be needed to find a relevant new use.

View the full PDF of the 2017 10-Most Endangered Historic Sites 

Here are New Jersey’s 10 most endangered sites for 2017,”, May 18, 2017. 

Top: Caldwell Motor Bank, photo courtesy Preservation New Jersey; Middle: Department of Health and Agriculture, photo by Michael Mancuso for; Bottom: James Rose Center, photo courtesy James Rose Center