Historic Preservation Awards

Since 1994, The Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission has recognized property owners in the Township for creative acts of preservation or restoration of architecturally or historically significant structures of Mahwah sites or artifacts. The purpose of the awards ceremony is to encourage and reward those who have taken an active interest in preserving or restoring properties to their significant earlier state.

Award Categories

The seven award categories are:

  • Adaptive reuse of a historic site: For the successful rehabilitation of a building for a changed use while maintaining the original architectural integrity
  • Continuing Preservation or Use: For any actively preserved building still used for its original or similar function
  • Contributions of an Individual in Preserving Mahwah History: Specific contributions such as artifacts, archives, and photographs that increase our knowledge about historic preservation in Mahwah
  • New Construction in a distinguished style
  • Preservation of a Structure/Object Site: For the successful preservation of a structure, object or site, such as a bridge, dam, monument, cemetery, historic landscape
  • Preservation or Restoration Project: For the successful rehabilitation/restoration of one of Mahwah’s Historic Sites
  • Youth Preservation Project: For individual or group projects that contribute to preservation of Mahwah Historic Sites

Past Recipients

Past recipients include the Mahwah Hotel, Mount Zion AME Church for Continuing Preservation or Use and Isabel Smith Hudson, for Contributions of an individual in preserving Mahwah History. Isabel donated her remarkable collection of Mahwah memorabilia which included documents of early Cragmere Park, postcards of Mahwah, and early Township newspaper clippings. The New York New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC) received an award for its Preservation or Restoration Project of the Darlington Schoolhouse on Ramapo Valley Road. This historic building in now the NYNJTC new headquarters.


The Historic Preservation Commission welcomes nominations from the public. The Commission reviews all nominations, inspects nominated properties/projects and selects the award winners. The awards are presented every November during a Council Public Action meeting.

Nominations can be mailed to:
Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission
Attention: Jenn Storms
Township Municipal Building
475 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430