NJ Training School | Monroe Township, NJ Engineers

E2PM provided cultural resources agency consultation services for a proposed telecommunications facility that would resemble a fire tower within the New Jersey Training School for Boys Historic District. That district is a rural agricultural historic district that is significant in the fields of health and medicine, politics and government, and social history as a late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century juvenile reform facility. The school buildings themselves are representative examples of the academic use of Colonial Revival style and have been determined eligible for the listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

In an effort to mitigate any adverse effects on the historic property, E2PM conducted photo simulations to illustrate the visual effects of the proposed stealth tower on the historic district and consulted with the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (NJHPO), the client, the Monroe Township Historic Preservation Commission and the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC)to develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the NJHPO, the client, the Monroe Township Historic Preservation Commission and the JJC. The MOA required that that the school’s history was to be studied through a building-by-building survey to determine the National Register of Historic Places eligibility of each building and identify contributing and non-contributing buildings within the historic district.

To assist our client in compliance with the MOA and mitigation of adverse effects to the historic district, E2PM conducted background research including a review of primary and secondary sources to develop a historic context for the area. E2PM also conducted an architectural survey of all of the buildings and structures involving photographic documentation and development of a construction history, description of architectural characteristics, and National Register of Historic Places significance were documented.