Posted Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Projects in 18 Towns Would Get $2.9 Million in 2019 Voter-Approved Funding
The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended $2.9 million in county grants from the county’s 2019 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 26 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County.
Recommendations made on Wednesday evening (June 26) to the Morris County Board of Freeholders include grants ranging from $10,175 for construction documents for the Acorn Hall carriage house in Morristown to $70,833 towards roof replacement on the Union School House in Washington Township, and $480,000 towards acquisition of the historic Richards Block property in Dover.
The freeholders were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate. They will vote on the grant recommendations at their July 10 public meeting in Wharton.
The grant money comes from the voter-approved Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. All 29 applications received this year received grants.
Projects recommended for awards are located in Boonton, Chatham Township, Denville, Dover, Florham Park, Hanover, Madison, Mine Hill, Morristown, Morris Township, Mount Olive, Netcong, Parsippany, Pequannock, Randolph, Rockaway Township, Roxbury, and Washington Township.
View the recommendations at 2019-HP-Grants.
Of 29 recommended grants, 11 are construction grants while the other 18 are for non-construction purposes, such as planning or construction documents.
“The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation efforts that are aided by this voter-approved grant program allows us to get a hands-on understanding of our county’s history and maintains important links to our past, ’’ said Freeholder Stephen Shaw.
“The dedicated people working to maintain our history, providing lessons for the present and ensuring an inheritance for the future, deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Ray Chang, Historic Preservation Program Coordinator for Morris County. “Their efforts, supported by these grants, ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”
Awards are recommended for projects that meet program evaluation criteria in categories of construction, preservation planning, and creation of construction documents.
Criteria include historic significance, relationship of the project to community revitalization, preservation of the built or natural environment, and heritage education and tourism.
Other factors are the degree to which projects promote preservation activity, represent innovative design, reach new audiences, offer significant contributions to advancement of historic preservation; and restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use plans of historic buildings and cultural landscapes.
Review Board Chairwoman Galate said all projects were thoroughly reviewed, including site visits, and that funding decisions were made after lengthy discussion. She highlighted two projects recommended for funding this year:
Richards Block, Town of Dover
Mount Vernon School, Township of Chatham
Other projects recommended for grants, and the towns in which they are located, include, Boonton, Boonton Train Trestle and the Stone Arched Bridge; Chatham Township, Mount Vernon School; Denville, Ayres Farm Tenant House; Dover, Arthur Condict House and Richards Block; Florham Park, Little Red Schoolhouse; and Hanover Township, Whippany Burying Yard.
Madison, Museum of Early Trades and Crafts; Mine Hill, Bridget Smith House; Morristown, Acorn Hall Carriage House, Willow Hall, Historic Speedwell Waterwheel, Schuyler Hamilton House; Morris Township, Willows at Fosterfields; and Mount Olive, former Baptist Church.
Netcong, Growing Stage; Parsippany, Smith-Baldwin House and Richardson History House; Pequannock, Martin Berry House; Randolph, Friends Meeting House; Rockaway Township, Ford-Faesch House; Roxbury, Lafayette School, , Morris Canal Plane 2 East, and Lake Hopatcong Train Station; and Washington Township, Union School House.
County voters in 2002 approved an amendment to the county’s Preservation Trust Fund to include the acquisition and preservation of historic sites and facilities.
Since 2003, when the first grants were awarded, 103 sites or resources in 32 Morris County municipalities have received funding assistance.
For more information on Morris County’s historic preservation program, please visit: https://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic/
|Property Name||Grant Type||Location||Funding|
|Ayres Farm Tenant House – Exterior Restoration||C||Denville Twp.||$289,024|
|Whippany Burying Yard – Gate Restoration||C||Hanover Twp.||$26,044|
|Bridget Smith House – Phase 2 Restoration||C||Mine Hill Twp.||$201,960|
|Willows at Fosterfields – Porch Restoration||C||Morris Twp.||$313,787|
|Acorn Hall Carriage House – Phase 1 Restoration||C||Morristown Town||$140,980|
|Willow Hall – Kitchen Roof Restoration||C||Morristown Town||$46,436|
|Former Baptist Church – Phase IIIB Interior Restoration||C||Mount Olive Twp.||$229,800|
|Martin Berry House – Interior Rehabilitation||C||Pequannock Twp.||$344,832|
|Lake Hopatcong Train Station – Flashing Upgrades||C||Roxbury Twp.||$24,400|
|Morris Canal Plane 2 East – Phase 2 Stabilization||C||Roxbury Twp.||$200,160|
|Union School House – Roof Replacement||C||Washington Twp.||$70,833|
|Boonton Train Trestle – Conditions Assessment||NC||Boonton Town||$26,880|
|Stone Arched Bridge – Construction Documents||NC||Boonton Town||$25,440|
|Mount Vernon School – Preservation Plan & Nomination||NC||Chatham Twp.||$22,800|
|Arthur W. Condict House – Construction Documents||NC||Dover Town||$22,104|
|Richards Block – Acquisition||NC||Dover Town||$480,000|
|Little Red Schoolhouse – Construction Documents||NC||Florham Park Boro.||$18,400|
|Museum of Early Trades & Crafts – Construction Documents||NC||Madison Boro.||$28,520|
|Acorn Hall Carriage House – Construction Documents||NC||Morristown Town||$10,175|
|Historic Speedwell Waterwheel – Construction Documents||NC||Morristown Town||$11,480|
|Schuyler-Hamilton House – Preservation Plan Update||NC||Morristown Town||$23,140|
|Growing Stage – Construction Documents||NC||Netcong Boro.||$34,100|
|Richardson History House – Construction Documents||NC||Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp.||$31,636|
|Smith-Baldwin House – Construction Documents||NC||Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp.||$39,800|
|Martin Berry House – Construction Documents||NC||Pequannock Twp.||$18,560|
|Friends Meeting House – Construction Documents||NC||Randolph Twp.||$60,448|
|Ford-Faesch House – Construction Documents||NC||Rockaway Twp.||$33,660|
|Lafayette School – Construction Documents||NC||Roxbury Twp.||$51,260|
|Lake Hopatcong Train Station – Construction Documents||NC||Roxbury Twp.||$25,040|