I live in a suburb of Paterson, New Jersey, so I am fortunate to be surrounded by the city's beautiful architecture. I often drive or walk through Paterson to admire the buildings. Some of my favorite Paterson buildings include: Paterson City Hall, Majestic Theatre, the newly restored Hinchliffe Stadium and the Passaic County Courthouse
Paterson, New Jersey, is a city with a rich and varied architectural history. The city is home to buildings in a variety of styles, including Beaux-Arts, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern. I find Paterson architecture interesting because it is a reflection of the city's industrial past and its present-day diversity.
Paterson was once a major industrial city, known for its silk and textile mills. Many of the city's early industrial buildings are still standing today. These buildings are often made of brick and stone, and they feature large windows and heavy-duty construction. If you are interested in architecture in the slightest way, a visit to Paterson, NJ is like a treasure room (or City in this case).
In the early 20th century, Paterson experienced a period of growth and prosperity. This led to the construction of many new buildings in the city, including the Beaux-Arts-style Paterson City Hall and the Art Deco-style Majestic Theatre. These buildings are characterized by their grandeur and elegance. Many of the grand buildings are open to the public (you may need to go through a security check) and you’ll be able to witness the grandeur of the buildings’ interiors.
Paterson is also home to a number of Mid-Century Modern buildings. These buildings were built in the 1950s and 1960s, and they are characterized by their clean lines and simple forms. Some of the city's most notable Mid-Century Modern buildings include the Hinchliffe Stadium and the Passaic County Courthouse. I highly encourage you to spend a few dollars on a game at Hinchliffe Stadium or visit the on site museum in order to really take in the magnificent achievements of the architects.
I also enjoy visiting Paterson's many museums and galleries, which often have exhibits on the city's architecture and history.
I encourage everyone to visit Paterson and experience its unique architecture. The city has something to offer everyone, whether you are interested in history, art, or simply beautiful buildings.
Photo credit: Getty Images