Constructed in 1892 as the home and showplace of silk manufacturer Catholina Lambert, the 53-acre estate originally included the mansion, gatehouse, carriage-green house complex, and formal Italianate gardens. Lambert added an art gallery and observation tower Four years later. The property is now owned by the County of Passaic and is an integral part of Garret Mountain Reservation Lambert Castle "The Castle,"
The Story of Catholina Lambert
Lambert was born to working class parents in England in 1834. At the age of 17, the future silk magnate and his younger brother immigrated to America. Lambert settled in the Boston area and hired as a bookkeeper for the silk firm of Tilt and Dexter. Tilt withdrew from the company, and Dexter loaned Lambert the necessary funds to buy into the partnership. The company, now known as Dexter-Lambert, relocated its base of operations to Paterson. In 1867 Paterson was emerging as a world-class silk manufacturing center.
Problems for Lambert Castle
In 1914, financial problems forced Lambert to mortgage his estate and art collection. Several hundred items are on auction at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Lambert died in 1923, a few weeks shy of his 89th birthday. His son and heir, Walter, inherited the Castle and sold the furnishings and later the Castle itself for $125,000 to the City of Paterson
The New Jersey and National Registers Of Historical Places awarded the Lambert Castle landmark designation in 1976. We love using the architecture of the stone building and archways in our photos, it makes the images more unique and exciting! Lambert Castle is treasure hidden in Passaic County. One of the most popular places for us to photograph our weddings and engagement session, give us a call to at 201-880-5400 setup your time with Jerry or Caroline at Lambert Castle!