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Paterson seeks $250,000 in state grant funding to restore Van Houten House | Paterson Times

Paterson seeks $250,000 in state grant funding to restore Van Houten House

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The city is seeking $250,000 in state historic preservation grant funding to restore the fire-damaged Van Houten House, considered the oldest structure in Paterson, at Westside Park.

Grant funds will require a local dollar for dollar match, bringing the total to restore the historic building to $500,000.

Funds will go towards construction services, and other expenses for the rehabilitation of the building.

The Van Houten House is listed in the United States Register of Historic Places. President George Washington spent some nights as a guest at the house in 1780. The structure was built in 1741, but burned down and had to be rebuilt in 1831.

Last month, the building was badly damaged in an overnight fire.

Municipal officials had been trying to renovate the structure for years without success. In 2017, the city awarded a contract to conduct a study to preserve the structure.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

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