Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

RESTORED 1800S RAIL STATION IS NOW THE BUTLER MUSEUM

The Morris County Freeholders honored the Borough of Butler today with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the borough’s restored circa 1889 Butler Railroad Station, which has been turned into the Butler Museum.

Butler Railroad Station3

Restored Butler Railroad Station

Butler Councilman Bob Meier, who is the council’s liaison to the Butler Museum, and Butler Museum Chairwoman Peggy Spranzani accepted the historic plaque at the freeholder’s work session this morning in Morristown.

The restoration project was partly financed through the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which provided $543,000 to Butler for the project.

“This is a great example of really good use of these county preservation funds,’’ said Freeholder Douglas Cabana. “Freeholder Deb Smith and I visited the museum a few weeks back and I can tell you first-hand that it is a remarkable museum, and a real treasure for the borough on Butler. They’ve done outstanding work there.’’

 (l/r) Freeholders Deborah Smith and Kathy DeFillippo, Councilman Bob Meier, Peggy Spranzani, and Freeholder Hank Lyon

(l/r) Freeholders Deborah Smith and Kathy DeFillippo, Councilman Bob Meier, Peggy Spranzani, and Freeholder Hank Lyon

Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the Butler project:

  • The Butler Railroad Station was constructed in 1889 for the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad, and enlarged to include a freight building in 1907.
  • The Station is significant as a rare intact example of late Victorian vernacular railroad architecture.
  • It is individually listed on the National and New Jersey Register of Historic Places, and now houses the Butler Museum.
  • With assistance of Morris County Historic Preservation grants totaling more than $543,000, the borough has successfully completed structural stabilization, exterior restoration including the rear platform, and installation of an ADA accessible entrance.

For more information on the Butler Museum and the borough’s history, visit: http://www.butlermuseumnj.org/

For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic/