Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
National Trust for Historic Preservation and Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Award Preservation Grants towards Lake Hopatcong Train Station Rehabilitation
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, adding to the $215,571 grant it previously received from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust, with the total of $225,571 going toward the rehabilitation of the Lake Hopatcong Train Station in Landing.
“Over a hundred years after it was constructed, the Lake Hopatcong Train Station has been given a new mission and a new life, one which will both honor its proud past and allow it to thrive in the years ahead,” said Lake Hopatcong Foundation Board Chairman Marty Kane. “Once the rehabilitation is complete, the building will be focal point of the community to serve as a cultural and environmental center and as the foundation’s home.”
The Morris County grant will specifically be used toward the replacement of the roof, complete with original Ludowici Brookville green tiles, which adorned the station when it was constructed for the Lackawanna Railroad in 1911 and are still made today by the same company.
The roof replacement is the major component of the rehabilitation effort, which the Lake Hopatcong Foundation has been working on since it purchased the station in November, 2014.
The building has since been placed on the National and State Registries of Historic Places.
The National Trust grant money will go toward interior construction design and contract documents to be done by the historical architectural firm Connolly and Hickey.
“These taxpayer-approved preservation funds will help finance the important task of preserving and sustaining our county’s heritage, to restore and protect important links to our past,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
“Organizations like the Lake Hopatcong Foundation help to ensure that communities all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to provide a grant to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is providing a required match toward both of the grants; for the Morris County grant, the LHF board has allocated $53,893 from the capital campaign effort (20 percent of the grant project cost) and for the National Trust the LHF board has allocated a one-for-one match of $10,000.
“Ongoing community financial support towards the train station restoration is critical in order for the foundation to continue to apply for historic preservation grants which require matching funds. Without sufficient matching funds available, we would be unable to apply for these substantial grants,” said Donna Macalle-Holly, Lake Hopatcong Foundation grants and program coordinator.
The community can continue to support the project by making a donation towards the train station. Visit www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org, click on Giving Menu and Lake Hopatcong Train Station Capital Campaign to give.