Lambert Castle Gets Faithful Restoration
Clarke Caton Hintz is pleased to share images from the successful completion of the first phase of the Lambert Castle restoration. The entire stone masonry façade was cleaned and meticulously repaired and repointed. New historic windows were installed while preserving the many existing stained glass transoms. Also, new copper roofing and associated drainage systems were installed. On the interior, care was taken to restore, and sometimes, recreate, finishes to their original appearance reflecting the eclectic styles of the Gilded Age. Original textured plaster walls were restored and painted to match the unique historic colors. Wood and stone flooring were restored or replaced as necessary. Wainscot, crown molding, and many other types of decorative trims were repaired, painted, or stained to match the residence’s original historic presence.
Constructed in 1892 as the home and showplace of silk magnate Catholina Lambert, the 53-acre estate formerly known as Belle Vista, included the castle, gatehouse, carriage-green house complex, gallery and formal Italianate gardens. Passaic County acquired the property, which is now an integral part of the Garret Mountain Reservation. The County utilizes the castle as a museum, library, and meeting space.