Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

MORRIS FREEHOLDERS AWARD HISTORIC PLAQUE TO FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BOONTON FOR RESTORING 1859 CHURCH THAT HAS BEEN A FIXTURE OF THE COMMUNITY

The Morris County Freeholders have honored the First Presbyterian Church of Boonton with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the 157-year-old church, which is closely tied to the history and community development of the town of Boonton.

                                     First Presbyterian Church of Boonton

First Presbyterian Church of Boonton

 

First Presbyterian Church Pastor Rev. Jennifer Van Zandt accepted the historic plaque at the freeholder’s July 27 evening meeting held at the Boonton municipal building.

The ongoing project has been partly financed through the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which has provided more than $200,000 from the voter-approved fund to First Presbyterian Church for the project.

“This historic preservation project is restoring an iconic structure that is historically important to the community and is a perfect project for the use of county historic preservation funds,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

“Preserving our history is important to the county, enhancing its character and providing ties to our past. The First Presbyterian Church has done a great job in working to restore this remarkably historic treasure for their community.’’

First Pres Church 2 7.27.16

(l/r) Ray Chang, Rev. Jennifer Van Zandt, and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo and Christine Myers

Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the First Presbyterian Church project:

  • The Church was established in 1832. The existing structure was constructed in 1859. The property was donated by the New Jersey Iron Company;
  • The original building served for a time as a public meeting hall. The church facilities are a community resource for education, presentations, and meetings for various nonprofit community organizations;
  • The building is in the Gothic Revival style, and features a tower with a witch’s hat steeple.
  • The Church is a contributing building in the Boonton Historic District, listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.
  • With assistance from County Historic Preservation grants totaling more than $200,000, the Church has successfully completed a Preservation Plan, the replacement of the Church Street stairs and railing, and restoration of the stained glass windows.
  • A recent grant will provide for the restoration of the tower windows and painting of exterior woodwork.

For more information on the First Presbyterian Church historic project, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2016-Boonton-Town-First-Presbyterian-Church-of-Boonton.pdf

For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic/