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, but not all are required to be. Qualification standards and residency requirements of commissioners are stipulated by NJ zoning law.  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 2019-2020

HPC Application Deadlines FY 2019-2020

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Members of the Historic Preservation Commission

Mohammed Ahmed, Chair
Kelly C. Ruffel, Vice Chair
Kenneth A. Simpson, Richard Walter, Joanne V. Wiley, 
Nakima Redmon, William C. Tate,
Maribel Garcia-Leon, Alternate, Joyce A. Corbo, Alternate

 Staff of the Historic Preservation Commission

Gianfranco Archimede, Executive Director
Timothy Henderson, Historic Preservation Specialist 3
Romina M. Pascual Esq., Counsel

HPC Special Meeting 7/10/2020 CANCELLED


application deadline is April 1, 2020

The City of Paterson Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the 2020 Koar-George Grant round which is open to Paterson residents who are enrolled in an accredited college/university with a focus in history, architecture, cultural studies, museum studies, or related field. The 2020 Koar-George Grant application deadline is April 1, 2020.

These grants are made possible by the Koar-George Fund, which was the vision of Grace George, former Director of the Visitor Center for the Great Falls Historic District of Paterson. Grace George created the Koar-George Fund as her legacy, a lasting commitment and service to the preservation of Paterson’s history.

Grant applications will be accepted for all categories.

Grant amounts for the scholarship are offered as a single award of up to $1,000.00 and may, depending on the number of applications, be divided into two or more awards.

To request the guidelines and application information,
email your request to hpcinfo@patersonnj.gov

Historic Preservation Review Process
Step 1: Research the Property Address.
Is the property registered as historic, or in a registered historic district?
Check it out to see if it appears on the following list/register.
Step 2: Does your project follow the DESIGN GUIDELINES
of the historic district where your property is located?
Great Falls Historic District Design Guidelines, 1996
Step 3: File an APPLICATION to the HPC
Application for Historic Landmarks (Nominate/Designate a site and/or building)
(PLEASE NOTE: ALL demolitions within the City of Paterson require approval from HPC, regardless of location)
(regarding HPC Reviews & Applications)
For further information on the Historic Preservation Commission: please contact the HPC Staff at 973.321.1220 or visit their website.
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City of Paterson, NJ

Gianfranco Archimede, Director, Historic Preservation
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125 Ellison 4th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
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  • Business: (973) 321-1220
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