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Camp Evans

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 InfoAge volunteers have been working long and hard to preserve Camp Evans so InfoAge can give the historic district a future in education that will ensure its long term preservation.

This is done to inspire students to learn science and engineering and to honor those wireless communication pioneers, WWI Naval radio experts, WWII radar developers, home front workers and cold war information warriors who are associated with Camp Evans.

Here are two articles and a webpage on possibly the first preservation effort at Camp Evans before InfoAge:

Saving the Marconi Memorial Tower along Marconi Road. March 9, 1971 "Fallen Marconi Tower to Be Raised"., The Asbury Park Press. Page 2. March 11, 1971

"Army Working To Raise Tower.", Coast Advertiser.

Due to InfoAge members, Monmouth County and Wall Township effort, good progress has been made in spite of the extensive damage BRAC had done to the property transferred. For the section of the historic district not transferred; BRAC continues to ignore their obligations under the National Historic Preservation Act, Army Cultural Resource Regulations - 200 and all work they have done has not had a Sec 106 review. They ignore the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office and refuse to follow the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Property as the law calls for. BRAC uses its attorneys to skirt the applicable laws. The condition of the property at transfer is the proof.

The site is Monmouth County's and Wall Township's WW2 Memorial. and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Camp Evans Historic District .

All work is done according to our NPS: APPLICATION FOR OBTAINING REAL PROPERTY FOR HISTORIC MONUMENT PURPOSES (APPROVED - April 2002)

Here are photo updates of our progress building by building of those transferred by BRAC in September 2004 and September 2005.  Camp Evans Building Numbering KeyCamp Evans Building Numbering Key

Click on the building or room name below for more photos and details...

We have more accomplished than shown in photos posted here. We will continue to add photos to keep you updated as we can.

9001 The Marconi Hotel nearly done....the wireless operators lounge, four restrooms, and six offices are being worked on.

The Hotel Exterior

Before After Trees trimmed, boards removed from windows....only recurring maintenance.

The Dining Room.

Before After Done, better than new.

The Wireless Operator Lounge  ... in progress

The Entrance Foyer  ... done and beautiful The first floor hallways ... both done The first floor ladies rooms....one done, one to go. The first floor men's room .... one done, the other nearly done Our gift shop room...done.

First floor offices, all 11 done of which 9 rooms are filled with exhibits

Second floor foyer.... nearly done.

The second floor hallways  ...almost done

Library....done, now we need to add book shelves.

Second floor ladies room...in progress.

Replacement fixtures on site.

Second floor men's room...working, wall surface preparation and repainting in progress

Second floor offices, 10 done, 6 just need carpet, 4 in progress.

9002 The Marconi Station Manager's Cottage

Before After Done, photos to follow...repainted interior, replaced boiler, repaired plumbing problems.

9003 The Marconi Station Chief Engineer's Cottage

Before After Done, photos to follow...

9006 The Marconi Station Power and Light Plant

Before After Transferred without electrical, water or sewer service. We have done stablization work only.

9032 Exterior The WW2 Radar Laboratory Administration Annex

Before After

9032 Section A - nearly done.

9032 Section B, & C in progress.

9032 Section D - The NJARC Radio Technology Museum / NBHF Collection. Done

9033 The Administration Annex Boiler Plant

Before Boiler room was flooded in 2001 and both steam boilers are beyond repair. No significant work done to date on 9033....

9059 The WW2 Radar Laboratory Telephone Exchange building

Before after Almost done....one restroom and sewer connection to go. Three class rooms and an office in use.

9081 The WW2 Radar Laboratory Wellhouse - Preserved by Josh Yersin for his Eagle Award

Before After Done, photos to follow...

9093 The Cold-War Era Gate 1 Security building

Before After

9116 The Diana Dish Satellite Control building

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9162 The TIROS Command and Control Center

Before Current progress

TIROS Dish / TLM-18 utility building - Preserved by Albert Lewis for his Eagle Award

Before After Done

9195 Diana/TIROS site Sentry Post building - Preserved by Josh Foxton for his Eagle Award

Before After Done


These buildings represent the remainder of the WW2 and Cold-War radar laboratory buildings in the historic district which have come under our stewardship. They were transferred on March 24, 2009. We immediately began emergency stablization to eliminate safety hazards, secure the structures and halt weather related damage. We have worked very hard. We have accomplished as much work as possible with our funds. We are working on grants for additional funds. As we raise funds we purchase materials to make the next most important repair. In this group, we have replaced the roofs on eight major structures and three minor structures. We have repainted five major structures and ten minor structures. We have invested over $175,000 in the repairs to the damage to this historic site caused by BRAC mismanagement. 9010-11 WWII and Cold-War Laboratory H-Building When transferred - leaking roof, no heat, and no electric/ The historic interiors were demolished in sections B - D. We have replaced the roofes on 9010 and repaired all structural damage caused by leaks. We need funds to replace roof on 9011 to stop the water damage to the structure.

9017 The WWII Special Antenna Shelter...only one of its kind slated for preservation.

When transferred - leaking roof, no heat, no electric, no water or sewer service, doors missing, all windows broken, historic interior vandalized. We replaced roof, repaired or replaced broken windows, primed the exterior and partially repainted the exterior.

9029 The WWII Guard Headquarters building When transferred - roof leaks, no heat, no electric, new windows, historic interiors demolished, no water or sewer service and concrete pored into sewer lines. We replaced roof, repaired structural damage due to leaks, primed the exterior and repainted the exterior.

9031 The WWII Firehouse....last of its kind in the 48 states.

When transferred - roof leaks, no heat, no electric, new windows, historic interiors demolished, no water or sewer service and concrete pored into sewer lines. We replaced roof, repaired structural damage due to leaks, primed the exterior and repainted the exterior.

9034 The WWII Electrical Shop

When transferred - roof leaks, no heat, no electric, new windows, historic interiors demolished, no water or sewer service and concrete pored into sewer lines. We replaced roof, repaired structural damage due to leaks, primed the exterior and repainted the exterior.

9036-37 WWII and Cold-War Laboratory H-Building

When transferred - roof leaks, no heat, no electric, some broken windows, historic interiors demolished, exterior doors not lockable. We need funds to replace roof. We secured the exterior doors.

9400 The Cold-War Secret Soviet Atomic and Nuclear Underground Test Monitoring Facility

When transferred - roof leaks, no heat, no electric, new windows, exterior doors missing, historic interiors demolished, no water or sewer service and concrete pored into sewer lines. We replaced roof, repaired structural damage due to leaks, replaced exterior doors, primed the exterior and repainted the exterior. WWII Buckminster Fuller designed Dymaxion Deployment Units (DDUs). When transferred - In poor condition with no electric and exterior doors missing, We primed and painted exteriors. We have replaced some exterior doors.


The final two buildings will complete the transfer of the Marconi Station, WWI Naval Radio Station and The King's College buildings. At this time there is no projected transfer date for these last two structures. There is no funding for the environmental work needed.

9004 The Marconi Wireless Station Operations building - ( Not Transferred by BRAC ) Current state - no heat, no electric, doors missing, broken windows, historic interiors demolished, hole in roof - This is how BRAC treats Army history.

9005 The WWI Naval Wireless Operations building - ( Not Transferred by BRAC ) Current state - no heat, no electric, doors missing, broken windows, historic interiors demolished, large hole in roof - This is how BRAC treats Army history.
At this time there is no projected transfer date for these last two structures.

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