Tower Restoration

Tower Restoration

The surrounding community is justifiably proud of the history of Menlo Park, and they have commemorated it with several monuments, most notably in 1937 with an Art Deco memorial tower and in 1947 with a small museum.

However, the Tower has deteriorated to the point where the concrete is crumbling, exposing the corroded reinforcing rods in its walls. It has been closed to the public for years and a chain link fence keeps would-be visitors at a distance to protect them from falling masonry. Preservation New Jersey has named it one of the state's top endangered sites.

By 2006 it was clear to the Edison Memorial Tower Corporation (EMTC) that something had to be done. The EMTC engaged Watson and Henry Associates, specialists in preservation architecture and engineering, to investigate the condition of the Tower and develop a plan for its restoration. The firm, which conducted its initial investigation into the Tower's condition in 1994, updated its findings in 2007 and concluded that the Tower is structurally sound, but water damage and cycles of thawing and freezing have damaged its façade. Watson and Henry's investigations and recommendations are being utilized in the current phase: development of construction documents for the restoration of the Tower.