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Woodbridge Township Municipal Building

 
 
Woodbridge Township Municipal Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
1. Woodbridge Township Municipal Building Marker
Inscription. Woodbridge Township Municipal Building

Woodbridge was 255 years old before it dedicated its first official Town Hall on June 14, 1924 at 1 Main Street.

Political decisions in 17th-century Woodbridge were made at the Town Meeting House (later the site of the First Presbyterian Church), under supervision of a County Court consisting of a Justice, two Magistrates and a Clerk. The first Town Committee was created in 1705 – seven men chosen for one-year terms “to act for the town in all matters relating to its welfare except the disposition of land and the raising of money.” By the 1770s, the office of Moderator was established to preside over the Town Committee; the 1800s saw a gradual addition of municipal services such as a board of health in 1881, a jail in 1883 and a fire company, police department and lighting commission in 1897, sanitation districts in 1920.

By the 1880s, the Town Committee was meeting at the Masonic Building, 94 Green Street. In 1914, voters approved a bond issue to build a permanent Municipal Building on land between Pearl and School Streets, where Tanzman Park now stands. Flooding concerns from Heardís Brook caused the site to be moved to the southwest corner of Main Street and Rahway Avenue, a decision rarified by formal ordinance on Sept. 8, 1919.

J.K. Jensen
Woodbridge Township Municipal Building image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
2. Woodbridge Township Municipal Building
was selected as architect, and the new Municipal Building opened five years later, dedicated as a memorial to local residents who served in World War I. The three-story edifice featured a six-column portico and individual rooms for use by ex-servicemen. Dedication Day was marked with a parade. dance, fireworks, fire company competitions and an official medal designed by Alfred J. Geiling of Fords.

By the 1990s, the array of municipal services had expanded to the point where a modern building was needed. Town Hall was razed in 1994 and replaced by a new building formally dedicated Feb. 19, 1996.

-More information visit www.wthpc.org Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission
Mayor John E. McCormac Woodbridge Township 2013
 
Erected 2013 by Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 40° 33.32′ N, 74° 16.573′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Rahway Avenue and Berry Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Main Street, Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldiers and Sailors Monument (a few steps from this marker);
Inset - The previous Woodbridge Township Municipal Building image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
3. Inset - The previous Woodbridge Township Municipal Building
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is across the road.
Purple Heart Memorial (a few steps from this marker); NJ POW Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodbridge Township (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodbridge Police Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodbridge War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Woodbridge Train Wreck of 1951 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Post Office (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 17 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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