Posted Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016


The Morris County Freeholders have honored the Borough of Mountain Lakes with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the borough’s circa 1914 Lake Drive School House, which is an important historic icon in the community.

Lake Drive School

Lake Drive Schoolhouse

Mountain Lakes Mayor Peter Holmberg and Board of Education President Elena Goldthwaite 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 $277,000 from the voter-approved fund to Mountain Lakes for the project.

“This is another terrific historic preservation project being done in Morris County and is a great use of county preservation funds,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

“We understand that preserving our history is vitally important and Mountain Lakes Park has done remarkable work in preserving a historic treasure for their community. They are to be congratulated for their efforts.’’

Lake Drive School

( l/r) Ray Chang, Mayor Peter Holmberg, Elena Goldthwaite, and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, and Christine Myers

Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the Mountain Lakes project:

  • The original Jacobethan style Lake Drive “School House” was built in 1914, with four classrooms enlarged to ten classrooms in 1920. The building was built with fieldstone on a stone foundation;
  • Since the 1970’s, Lake Drive School has housed a school for hearing impaired children from 11 counties throughout the state, providing a continuum of educational options from birth through high school graduation;
  • The Lake Drive School is a contributing resource in the Mountain Lakes Historic District, and is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places;
  • With assistance of Morris County Historic Preservation grants totaling $277,000, the borough has successfully completed a preservation plan and the replacement of the cedar shingle roof for the building.

For more information on the Lake Drive School historic project, visit:

For information on the Lake Drive School’s hearing impaired program, visit:

For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: