TRENTON, NJ - In recognition of National Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey, Inc. (PNJ) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am to announce its 19th annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey. The press conference will be held on the main steps of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ, 08625. Directions are attached.
The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural and archeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. Unique this year, the list will include 11 entries; 10 places, and one issue that endangers historic resources statewide. The 2013 list will include representation from the following counties: Bergen, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, and Union, as well as one statewide resource type.
The 10 Most Endangered list, generated from nominations by the public, aims to attract new perspectives and ideas to historic sites in desperate need of creative solutions. Selections to the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list are based on the likelihood that solutions can be found and historic buildings and places can be brought back to useful and productive life. PNJ proudly points to many properties previously listed among the 10 Most Endangered that have now been saved and preserved or rehabilitated, and have once again become character-defining assets to New Jersey’s communities.Each of these specific sites represents resource types and threats relevant to all of New Jersey. Among many statewide threats to our heritage, this year's announcement aims to bring the preservation community together to rally in support of a long-term, stable source of funding for the Garden State Preservation Trust, which has funded New Jersey Historic Trust planning and capital preservation grants for hundreds of historic resources in New Jersey. The NJ Historic Trust is currently out of money for further capital grant rounds, and in urgent need of renewed funding this year. Visit Preservation New Jersey’s websites at www.preservationnj.org and www.pnj10most.org for more information regarding the organization and the 10 Most Endangered program. For details about National Preservation Month, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at www.preservationnation.org. Please contact the PNJ office at (609) 392-6409 if you plan to attend the press conference.