The Clark Mansion
In 1973 people and local merchants were leaving Newark, real estate prices were spiraling downward, and many remaining small businesses in the North Ward were hanging by a thread. That year, the North Ward Center made what many considered a leap of faith when it purchased the Clark Mansion as its headquarters.
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Manhattan skyline, the mansion sits on a 2.5 acre park-like setting and is one of the North Ward's most prominent architectural landmarks.
For many years, it was the home of the Prospect Country and Day School, a financially troubled private school that could not restore nor maintain the historical integrity of the facility.
Committed to returning the building to its former glory, the members of the center family rolled up their sleeves to peel paint from carved oak lintels, strip linoleum from parquet floors, turning the Victorian mansion into a premier service center.
Today, the center's headquarters is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. For the North Ward community, the center is a symbol of stability, committed to improving the neighborhood's quality of life. In 2011, The North Ward Center received a preservation award from the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Victorian Society.
Not only does the Clark mansion house several programs, it is a meeting place for local community groups, non-profit organizations and the site of many community and cultural events.