Lambert Castle & Carriage House
Constructed in 1892 as the home and showplace of silk manufacturer Catholina Lambert, the 53-acre estate originally included the Castle, gatehouse, carriage house complex, formal Italianate gardens, art gallery and observation tower. Lambert Castle is one of several rare examples of the fully developed form of castellated residential architecture in America. In recognition of Lambert Castle’s historic and architectural significance, it was listed on the New Jersey Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Lambert Castle has been occupied for nearly 85 years by the Passaic County Historical Society, whom continues to use the building as a museum, library, and meeting space.
Clarke Caton Hintz was retained to investigate and evaluate the current conditions of the overall structure, including its envelope, internal systems and overall site in order to develop a firm understanding for the basis of prioritized recommendations for immediate and future phases of restoration work. A comprehensive and detailed report with recommendations, options, prioritization and cost estimates was produced and serves as the basis for future development of biddable construction documents/specifications for phased restoration and rehabilitation. Clarke Caton Hintz is currently developing the design documents for the restoration of the Castle. The first phase is to restore the exterior envelope of the Castle to protect the artwork and exhibits in the museum. Spalling and cracked stone will be repaired, failing mortar repointed, and replacement of the deteriorated wood windows. The second phase of work includes a complete interior restoration, including restoring historic finishes and mechanical upgrades.