Trenton has two of the most important resources needed to reinvent itself:
An incredible building stock and intact, historic neighborhoods. These
assets, combined with our parks, monuments and public buildings, comprise
Trenton's physical heritage - a heritage that is unique, potentially
very attractive, and increasingly in demand.
Across the country, progressive cities have capitalized on their heritage
assets to redevelop themselves into desirable places to live, work and
play. From Boston and Providence to Baltimore and Savannah, city leaders
have recognized the latent value in dormant structures and tired streetscapes.
The renovated buildings that were once eye-sores are now the very reason
that people choose to visit, invest and live in these neighborhoods.
Early in 2001, a small group of preservation minded Trentonians came together
in response to the threat of demolition of a large number of buildings
across the city. During these discussions, it became apparent that for
Trenton to reap the many advantages of preservation, more people would
need to be educated and involved. We need a broad base of preservationists
that can be proactive, and not merely react to each crisis. This is the
idea behind the Trenton Preservation Committee.
Peter Kasabach addresses an event of the Preservation
The purpose of the Committee is to preserve Trenton's historic assets and
to encourage heritage oriented redevelopment. We intend to:
· Inform the public about the importance of preservation
and the opportunities that exist
· Advocate for stabilization and preservation of important assets
· Advocate for changes in state and local policy and procedures that increase
the opportunities for preservation
· Engage in projects that stabilize, preserve and market these historic
What you can do:
· Get Involved! Join the Trenton Historical Society
and become one of a growing number of people around the region
committed to preservation and the belief that Trenton can build
its future on its past.
· Stay in communication: We need your contact information, especially
· Ask a friend to join the Trenton Historical Society. Membership forms
can be obtained by calling 609-396-4478.
· Tell us about buildings that are in danger. If possible, send photos.
· Work on a project! We'll let you know about opportunities and committees
as they are formed.
· Contribute to the Trenton Preservation Committee. Contributions will
go toward funding outreach and advocacy efforts, as well as specific preservation
projects. Checks can be made out to the Trenton Historical Society. All correspondence
can be sent to PO Box 1112, Trenton, NJ 08606, attn: Trenton Preservation Committee.