Connolly & Hickey 

Hinchliffe Stadium
Historical Significance Investigation
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey

Client: NJDEP - Division of Natural and Historic Resources

Hinchliffe Stadium

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Brief Historical Overview:
Hinchliffe Stadium was constructed in 1932 as a municipal stadium for the City of Paterson. The stadium was built at the beginning of the Great Depression, with the use of public funds and the support of Paterson's citizens. The site plan for the stadium was designed by the renowned landscape architecture firm, Olmsted Brothers, and the stadium itself was designed in the popular Art Deco style by local architects Fanning & Shaw. Hinchliffe Stadium became a focal point for the Paterson community, hosting a variety of events in its heyday including semi-professional baseball, track and field, boxing, motorcycle and automobile racing, football, entertainment performances and rallies. Historically, it is significant as a prominent venue for Negro League baseball throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The stadium acted as a home field for teams including the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and the Newark Eagles. Despite years of neglect, the stadium retains a high degree of architectural integrity, including its Art Deco details. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for local significance in 2004.
Scope of Services:
The firm coordinated the completion of a Historical Significance Investigation, in collaboration with sub-consultants Paula S. Reed and Associates and Dr. Lawrence Hogan, African-American and Negro League baseball historian. The purpose of the Investigation was to establish the national significance of Hinchliffe Stadium. The Investigation was undertaken in three parts, a report establishing Hinchliffe Stadium as a venue for nationally significant black baseball play, a report establishing the national significance and integrity of the stadium, and finally, the completion of a National Historic Landmark Nomination for the stadium. The first report presented the record of black professional and Negro League professional baseball play at the stadium from the 1930s into the 1940s. The second report built on that information by presenting that play within the context of local Paterson history and national history. This report also analyzed the current integrity of the stadium's architecture, and its continued ability to convey its significant history. A National Historic Landmark nomination was completed based on this research, presenting Hinchliffe Stadium as a nationally significant site as a host of Negro League baseball in the mid-twentieth century. Based on this research, Hinchliffe Stadium was designated a National Historic Landmark in March 2013.

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