First World War Memorial Municipal Buildings in New Jersey

Gordon Bond's picture

In the years following the First World War, some towns built new "memorial" municipal buildings, dedicated to the memory of those who served in "The Great War." I know that there were some in New Jersey, including some that have since been demolished.

I am looking for a list of such First World War-era memorial municipal buildings in New Jersey and which are still standing - I know, for example, Woodbridge had one that was demolished and that Carteret still has one standing. Are/were there any others?

Thank you.

Gordon Bond

Hi Gordon, The Trenton War Memorial building is still standing and still used as the cultural center it was designed to be. This is one of the better write-ups you can find about it on-line:
I believe the Borough of Wanaque had a municipal building from that era, but it was recently torn down and replaced with a new one. The Borough was established in 1918(previously it was part of Pompton Lakes), which is what leads me to believe that the old building dated from that era. Also, there was a statue of a World War I soldier in front of the building, which is still there. I'm sure the Wanaque Historic Commission has photos.

Wyckoff NJ (Bergen County) has Memorial Field outside of the township municipal building. I don't know if the municipal building itself is a memorial.

Thank you to everyone for their replies to my question. I should clarify that I am specifically interested in 'seats of government' - as in town or city halls. What inspired the question was a claim that Carteret's town hall is the last remaining one in New Jersey dedicated to World War One.

The Trenton War Memorial, as I understand it, was never a 'seat of government' and was always a theater or cultural center, as Ms. Fagan mentions. It sounds like Wanaque may have had one, as Ms. Ahmed commented, however, like Woodbridge's, it was torn down. I did a quick Google search on "memorial town/city hall" and "New Jersey" and found the Wyckoff reference Ms. Dowd pointed to. The town clerk, however, confirmed it was built in 1957. Old Bridge also has a "memorial town hall" but I believe it also similarly postdates the First World War.

I am asking this in my capacity as coordinator for the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission's historic marker program. Since this will be cast on a permanent marker, we want to make sure we do due diligence backing up such a claim. There is some question as to if the Carteret building is the last surviving example in Middlesex County (which it seems to indeed be), central New Jersey (depending on how one defines that!), or in the whole of the state. I'm not sure about the rest of New Jersey, hence my question.

I was wondering if there might have been any lists or surveys of memorial buildings done, perhaps in the 1930s when several such projects were undertaken as part of WPA initiatives. Then it would be possible to see which ones, if any, remain standing.

Thanks again to everyone who has responded both here and privately!

Gordon Bond

The site for Bridgeton's City Hall (now vacant) was purchased in 1921 with $11,000 that had been donated for a WW I memorial. The building itself was not constructed until 1932, and was paid for by the city.

Ventnor City Hall was paid for at least in part by WW I memorial funds, and has (or had) a second floor room dedicated to the use of veterans.