Hoboken Terminal

Lackawanna Records Building

Hoboken TerminalThe Lackawanna Records Building was designed by noted architect Frank J. Nies and was constructed in 1904 by the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad. It is located at the northern border of the NJ TRANSIT Hoboken Rail Yard along Observer Highway in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since the Records Building is the oldest surviving building associated with the Hoboken Rail Yard’s early 20th century rail facilities, it is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the Old Main Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad Historic District.

The building has been vacant for decades and has not been used for its original or any subsequent function for many years. The exterior walls are bowed with wide cracks, and there is extensive deterioration of the roof, upper parapet stones, and corner roof turrets. Ongoing water infiltration exacerbates the deterioration. With a recent collapse of a portion of the roof parapet, inspections undertaken by several independent engineers resulted in the recommendation that the Records Building be demolished.

NJ TRANSIT’s top priority is ensuring public safety while respecting the historic significance of the building. To that end, NJ TRANSIT is complying with the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106). Key elements of the Section 106 process are to consult with the appropriate state and local agencies and interested parties to assess whether an activity affects those historic properties and if so, to determine an appropriate course of action. Consistent with the Section 106 process, appropriate outreach has and is occurring to assist the Federal Transit Administration, which is responsible for conducting the Section 106 review to complete their work. The following is a proposed schedule of activities related to this Project: