Mt. Lake Lower Dam CW Zink 5.27.13 - 200

Built in 1884 and 1902 of earth, stone and concrete, the crumbling dams threatened the loss of the six-acre pond at the center of nearly 400 acres of preserved open space in Princeton.  In making the award, the N.J. Historic Preservation office noted “The rehabilitation of the historic ice pond dams in the Princeton Ice Company Historic District at Mountain Lakes Preserve represents extraordinary municipal stewardship of an extraordinary site.  The stewardship involved the complicated mix of historic preservation, conservation, dam safety, environmental and engineering requirements, and the challenging coordination of the oversight of multiple municipal, county and state agencies…The result is an exceptional historic site that preserves and interprets a unique rural industrial landscape.”  

Mt. Lake Rehabilitation Sign at Lower Dam CW Zink 5.27.13 - 200

C. W. Zink served as the historic preservation consultant for the project and provided the content for five interpretive signs at the site. The rehabilitation uncovered several historic ice harvesting tools that Princeton’s Historic Preservation Commission is planning to display in the near future.


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