Historic Preservation

Who We Are

 The Commission is a municipal statutory body of seven regular members and two alternate members with diverse qualifications/experience related to historic architecture, building design, construction and materials, as well as history. At least two are professional members who practice architecture, engineering, architectural history, or historic architecture. Other members may also have academic accomplishments and experiences in these fields, and have demonstrated a knowledge or an interest in the history and heritage of Paterson. Most members are Paterson residents. All members serve as volunteers and are appointed by the Mayor, serving four-year (regulars) or two-year (alternates) terms.

  • The Commission is charged with evaluating, promoting, and preserving the City's historic environment. This is accomplished through a variety of programs, such as historic landmark designation, seasonal educational tours, events, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards.
  • The Commission is empowered with a specific role in municipal land use and building permits with respect to applications for proposed alterations to the exterior of structures within any municipally-designated historic district, or on any municipally-designated individual landmark or site. To carry this out, the Commission advises the Division of Planning and Zoning, the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment on zoning applications for development, and also reviews all building permit applications presented through the Division of Community Improvements. Applicants can download design standards, design guidelines and application forms from the Document Center link on this page. All posted historic preservation related documents and forms begin with the identifier "HPC." The application forms are PDF files that can be filled out directly on your computer through Adobe Acrobat Reader v9.0 or higher.
  • The Commission meets on the third or fourth Monday of each month in a public session to conduct its business. A schedule of regular meeting dates is published annually, and agendas for the each meeting are posted in advance at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3rd Floor. Meetings are held at the Great Falls Welcome Center, 65 McBride Ave. Ext., Paterson, NJ 07501, convening at 6:30PM. All are invited to attend.

HPC Meeting Dates 2017-2018

HPC Application Deadlines FY 2017-2018

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Members of the Historic Preservation Commission

Nakima Redmon, Chair
Kelly C. Ruffel, Vice Chair
Kenneth A. Simpson, Richard Walter, Joanne V. Wiley, 
William C. Tate, Mohammed Ahmed, Alternate

 Staff of the Historic Preservation Commission

Gianfranco Archimede, Executive Director
Margaret A. O'Neill, Board Secretary
Romina M. Pascual Esq., Counsel

HPC TOURS & EVENTS


Historic Preservation Review
Step 1: Research the Property Address.
Is the property on the following list/register?
Step 2: Does your project follow these DESIGN GUIDELINES?
Great Falls Historic District, 1996
Step 3: File an APPLICATION to the HPC
Application for Design Review (Construction, Exterior Changes)
Application for Signage (New Business, Change of Location, etc.)
Application for Historic Review Prior to Demolition
Application for Planning Review (New Construction, Reuse, etc.)
Application for Historic Markers
Application for Historic Landmarks (Nominate/Designate a site and/or building)
Application for Demolition
(PLEASE NOTE: ALL demolitions within the City of Paterson require approval from HPC, regardless of location)
(regarding HPC Reviews & Applications)
OTHER MATERIALS & INFORMATION
For further information on the Historic Preservation Commission: please contact the HPC Staff at 973.321.1220 or visit their website.

Contact Us

City of Paterson, NJ

Gianfranco Archimede, Director, Historic Preservation
Department of Economic Development (more)
125 Ellison 4th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
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  • Business: (973) 321-1220
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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