Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco Announces 2018 Historic Preservation Awards

May 1, 2018

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Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco Announces 2018 Historic Preservation Awards

As we ring in National Preservation Month, AIA New Jersey is pleased to share an invitation…

In celebration of 2018 National Preservation Month in May, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced that the 2018 Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 7 p.m. at the new Bergen County Administration Building, Two Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack.

Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board Member and EmCee for the event, William J. Martin, AIA

The 2018 Historic Preservation Awards are hosted by the Bergen County Department of Parks, the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, and the Historic Preservation Advisory Board. Awards will be presented by the Bergen County Executive, members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Board whose ranks include our colleagues William J. Martin, AIA; John Cohen, AIA; Matthew Wolchko, AIA and Bruce Barton, AIA.

Since 1982, over 300 awards have been presented to members of the local community in honor of outstanding historic preservation achievements by individuals, students, organizations, and businesses. These awards were created to encourage preservation, restoration, and adaptive use of Bergen County’s valuable and irreplaceable historic buildings, houses, schools, houses of worship, cemeteries, and other historic sites.

The public is invited to attend the program and reception that will follow the ceremony. For more information and to RSVP for the reception, please contact the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs at 201-336-7267.

Eight 2018 Historic Preservation Awards will be given in the following categories:

Youth Preservation Project 

  • “Historic Mahwah for Kids!” by Renee Cantor, Mahwah

(Renee Cantor’s Girl Scout Gold Star project was creating a self-guided tour for kids of Mahwah’s most significant historic sites and fun activity sheets for each site.)

Continuing Preservation and Use 

  • The 1928 Merritt Memorial School, Cresskill

(For the continuing use and inclusion of the students in the preservation and educational awareness of the historic Merritt Memorial School.)


  • The Holy Cross Cemetery Office Building, North Arlington

(For the continuing use and restoration of the 1936 Arts & Crafts cemetery office building, and the commitment of the Archdiocese of Newark to its preservation.)


Adaptive Use

  • City of Hackensack Cultural and Performing Arts Center  

(For the adaptive restoration by the City of Hackensack which transformed this 1870s former Masonic Temple building into HACPAC, the Hackensack Performing Arts Center.)


Preservation Education

  • Closter Historic Preservation Commission Blanch Avenue Project

(In recognition of the Closter HPCs project which designated the area of Blanch Ave., the oldest East-West road in Northeastern Bergen County, through preservation and historical research, and the installation of public markers with web links which contributes to the public educational component, tying local 18th century history to 21st century technology.)


  • Borough of Franklin Lakes 2018 Municipal Calendar

(For the creation of the annual borough calendar illustrated with high-quality photographs of Franklin Lakes’ most historic homes and which is distributed to all the borough’s residents.)

Preservation Leadership

  • The late Isabella A. Altano, Ridgewood

(In recognition of the late Isabella Altano who was the force behind preserving the historic Zabriskie-Schedler House, and a guiding light and leader of historic preservation in the Village of Ridgewood.)


Claire Tholl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation

  • Arnold Brown, Englewood

(In recognition of a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the preservation Bergen County’s significant African American historic sites and cemeteries; his dedication to researching the local African American community of Bergen County and all of New Jersey; his public lectures and programs that reach all segments of our community; and his dedication to the preservation of all of Bergen County’s historic sites.)


R.S.V.P. for the reception to the:
Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, Department of Parks
201-336-7267 or e-mail –
James G. Koth, Director, Department of Parks
Cynthia L. Forster, Director, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs
The Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board


The nation’s annual National Preservation Month celebration originated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 and is celebrated nationwide by local preservation groups, parks, state and county preservation offices, and historical societies. It is an opportunity to showcase preservation achievements in cities, towns, parks and by individuals, organizations, and governments. 




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