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Historic Preservation Awards:
Discover America's Hidden Gems

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Historic Preservation Office and NJ Historic Sites Council are pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Historic Preservation Awards.  National Preservation Month happens every May. Throughout New Jersey, in all of our communities, there are important places that celebrate our history.  These places are varied, such as schools, churches,  battlefields, homes, or farms, but they all tell the story of New Jersey.  Join us on May 1 to celebrate New Jersey's treasures by recognizing the efforts of inidviduals, organizations and government agencies to preserve New Jersey's valuable resources.

In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the 2012 Awards Ceremony was held on May 1, 2012 at 3PM in the Roebling Museum at Roebling, New Jersey.

Awards for outstanding "Contributions or Excellence"
were presented to the following:

Initiative for the Preservation of the 1759 Vought House

Township of Clinton, Hunterdon County

The Christoffel Vought House, now listed in the NJ and National Registers of Historic Places, is significant not only for its unique German-American ornamental plaster, but also for its association with Loyalism in the American Revolution.   A 2004 land purchase by the Clinton Township School District for a new middle school jeopardized this historic house and initial plans called for the demolition of the historic house, but community members recognized the significance of the house and gathered to save it. So began an eight-year, grass-roots effort to save the Vought House.  This collaborative effort involved the school board, municipal officials, local community members, preservation professionals, and even the descendants of Christoffel Vought. Just recently the 1759 Vought House, Inc. acquired the house and will preserve it and ultimately use it as an educational center.

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Theodore H. Nickles & Jack Abgott

Nickles Contracting Inc.

Since its founding 41 years ago, Nickels Contracting has worked on more than 350 officially recognized historic structures and sites in New Jersey and neighboring states, with a focus on service for publicly owned or non-profit historic properties. Projects include: Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City; Craftsman Farms, The Gustav Stickley House in Parsippany; Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion in Princeton; the Sweeton House in Cherry Hill; Lucy, the Margate Elephant in Margate City; and the James Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park.  Founder Ted Nickles and company vice president Jack Abgott have both chaired their respective historic district commissions and have taught historic restoration.

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Damarest Railroad Depot

Borough of Demarest, Bergen County

The 1872 Demarest Railroad Depot was designed by noted architect J. Cleveland Cady. In 2002, Demarest sought to restore the building to its original Romanesque Revival design, with heavy rough-cut stone walls, round arches, deeply recessed windows, and carved details. Over time, many changes were made to the building and the Borough of Demarest decided to restore it to its period of significance. The restoration, which was completed in 2011, includes a new roof for the main building and tower, restored metal cresting and finials, new drainage system, heating and air conditioning systems, the trackside doors, which had been blocked, were restored. The interior finishes were restored and the ticket booth was reconstructed.  The restored Depot now serves the Borough of Demarest as a community center.

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Bayshore Discovery Project: Museum for Delaware Bay Marine Industries

Port Norris, Cumberland County

As part of its commitment to restore and interpret significant pieces of New Jersey’s maritime history, the Delaware Bay Museum completed the restoration of seven shipping sheds, four wharfs and one railroad artifact, all which dated to 1918-1920. The structures, which offer a unique look at the historic center of South Jersey’s oyster trade, were stabilized and restored. About 80 percent of the original architectural elements were preserved. Some original fabric elements were recreated by using local mill-cut lumber and employing original construction methods. The restored structures serve as a homeport to the A.J. Meerwald, an historic schooner that serves as centerpiece for the Bayshore Discovery Project.

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