Second Empire Building

Historical Designation

Second Empire Building was designated an historical site on October 18, 2005.


227 Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike

Architectural Features

The Second Empire Building located at 227 Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike is a two and one half-story, Second Empire style residence, which has been converted to offices. It is one of only two Second Empire style buildings in the Borough. Built circa 1875, it retains many of its original exterior features. Its siting and formal style makes it one of the more formal and dramatic residential buildings in the Borough.

The mansard roof has fish scale-shingled gabled dormers at the side elevations. The bracketed wood cornice is interrupted by a projecting center bay with a mansard roof and banded eight light wood windows with four light wood transoms. The house has a full-width front porch, with turned wood posts, a wood deck, and wood railings. The porch breaks forward at the center bay. The 1 / 1 wood sash windows have bracketed wood lintels and louvered shutters. A new brick veneer stoop with cast stone treads and iron railings leads to a transomed central entrance.


The Sullebarger report concluded that 227 Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike meets Criteria C for inclusion on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Criteria C corresponds to the criteria of §27-7: A (4) of the Local Ordinance.