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Editor's Notepad

Editor's Notepad

You Could Save a Historic Prison

comments (2) November 4th, 2010 in Blogs
rwotzak Rob Wotzak, Web Producer

If there are no takers, this 1873 stone prison will be torn down in a few weeks.
If there are no takers, this 1873 stone prison will be torn down in a few weeks.Click To Enlarge

If there are no takers, this 1873 stone prison will be torn down in a few weeks.

Photo: Restoration Technologies of N.J.

This 1873 Brownstone needs a new home or it will be lost forever!

A friend of mine who is passionate about saving old buildings just wrote me about the impending loss of this old stone prison in New Jersey:

Slated for demolition within the next several weeks, we have the opportunity to save this wonderful, unique example of well-crafted 19th century architecture if we can find a buyer for all or part of it.  It can be removed and reassembled for adaptive re-use or materials can be used in a new design.  For more information visit .
Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested so that we may save the historic structure.


posted in: Blogs, restorations, timber-frame, victorian, stonework

Comments (2)

mdsunc29 mdsunc29 writes: Sites like these are wonderful. Charlottesville, VA has a really amazing Historic Jail near its downtown area called Court Square. I directed a short documentary piece on the Jail and the area around it which you can watch at if you go under Featured Videos and select "Old Charlottesville Jail". I've lived in Charlottesville for almost ten years and had no idea it was there until a friend told me about it.
Posted: 2:48 pm on November 3rd

Dreamcatcher Dreamcatcher writes: Just because it's old doesn't mean it's worth saving and I really don't see anything "unique" about that building. Nice materials but who in their right mind would shell out the tens of thousands it would take to relocate that building?

Even as a professional carpenter and building designer, my position is to not care at all if a building is demolished. While I would like to see the materials re-used if possible, I could care less about the "historic and architectural importance" of a building no matter what went down there, how beautiful it is, or who designed it. Buildings are just buildings... we'll make more.

Posted: 7:57 am on November 8th

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