Historical Places Pre-1920

  1. Aycrigg Mansion
  2. Downtown Passaic
  3. Main & Van Houten Avenues
  4. Old Passaic City Hall

Aycrigg Mansion - 1907The Aycrigg Mansion was built in 1840 by John Banker Aycrigg, a physician and known abolitionist. One of his sons, who later owned the mansion, Benjamin Bogert Aycrigg, was the first mayor of the incorporated City of Passaic, in 1873. In 1899, the mansion became the first permanent home of the Passaic Collegiate School.

In 1908, the mansion then became the new home of several Masonic Lodges and would remain so until 1994. For a few brief years, the mansion was the home to the Passaic Museum but economic problems terminated that effort.

Since the late 1990s, the Aycrigg Mansion, has been the home to a Jewish Parochial School for boys. The building is one of the finest known examples of Italianate architecture in northern New Jersey and is known to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.