Announcing the 2022 Historic Preservation Commission Montclair Award Winners

Former home of Buzz Aldrin on Princeton Place in the Oakcroft section of Montclair.

Montclair, NJ – The Montclair Township Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the Historic Preservation Awards Program.

Winners will be recognized at the next Commission meeting to be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The Commission is pleased to announce the following winners:

Bricks and Mortar Preservation Award
Residential: 25 Princeton Place – Buzz Aldrin House

Proposer Lisanne Renner:
When the former childhood home of Buzz Aldrin (resident from 1930s to the early 1950s) changed hands in February 2021, after former post-Aldrin owners occupied the house for six decades, curators felt apprehension as to whether historically insensitive alterations might happen to the lodge. A campaign to make the house an Aldrin House Museum had not been successful, and a township effort to designate the surrounding area of ​​Oakcroft as a historic district had not been successful. This tangible connection to perhaps Montclair’s most famous resident seemed vulnerable and uncertain. The heartening news is that new owners, Elyse Moody and Jim Connolly, cherish the home’s Craftsman architecture and its history, and have carefully and sensitively polished its defining features and made functional changes that are respectfully consistent with its historic character. ‘origin. They are the good stewards this important house deserves.

Craftsmen and Contractors: Sally Ross, David Greene Construction, Peter Willcox, John Cosgrove, Mike McCue, Jimmy Hemmerich

Residential: 88 Grove Street
Proposer Caroline Kane Levy:
The owners [Jason and Laura Silver] have taken a derelict, heavily altered Queen Anne style home and restored it to its best. They removed the aluminum siding to reveal whimsically shaped shingles, recreated the historic porch, restored two-over-two windows and an inviting entrance, and are painting it in a full-color Victorian paint scheme. The work has brought new life and pride to a busy intersection in the heart of Montclair.

Contractors: Gikas Contracting, Wilber’s Painting

Commercial: 111-113 Grove Street
Proposer Linda Cranston:
This upscale corner commercial building enhances the neighborhood by using quality materials and simple details of interest to create this contemporary industrial architecture. Overhangs surround the building with iron and contrast with the brick facade. Simple details add interest to the brick structure. A brick wall, wooden fence and stone walkways frame a somewhat mature landscaping. We appreciate the design and construction that celebrates Montclair’s historic neighborhoods.

Architect: Paul Sionas Architecture, PC

Preservation Service Award
Montclair History Center: History at Home

Proposer Kathleen Bennett:
The Montclair History Center continued to fulfill its mission to preserve local history and share the stories of the people of the township who made it what it is today by offering virtual lectures on various aspects of the township. local history. The “Story at Home” series offered 22 lectures in 2021, educating the community on well-known and lesser-known topics during the afternoon and evening hours twice a month, excluding the summer. The series featured topics such as Montclair Heights architecture, architectural styles, local train stations, Bloomfield Avenue, South Mountain Avenue, local cemeteries, iconic homes, the Nolen Plan, and images of the past depicted in a Magic Lantern slideshow as well as interesting stories from local people. All gave the public a better understanding of the many important people and architectural treasures centered in Montclair. Speakers included architects, historians. MHC Trustees, Montclair University Professor, Yogi Berra Museum Curator, and Township Historian. The Montclair History Center provided an educational and informative outlet for its various audiences to combat the isolation caused by pandemic restrictions.

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC), established by ordinance in 1994, is responsible for protecting Montclair’s architectural heritage and raising awareness of the unique historical and cultural dimensions of the township’s buildings, streetscapes and landscapes. For more information, please visit the The MHPC website HERE.

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