In recognition of national Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey at a virtual press conference on Thursday, May 14, 2019.
A flood-plain forest grows now where there used to be houses in the Watson Crampton neighborhood in Woodbridge, N.J., as seen from the air on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The Heards Brook on the top meets the Woodbridge River on the left, which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. Homeowners here took buyouts through a program that purchases houses and demolishes them to remove people from danger and to help absorb water from rising sea levels due to climate change. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Blue Acres has so far lined up funding to buy 1,156 properties statewide. It has made offers on nearly 1,000 homes, closed deals on more than 700, and knocked down more than 640 in flood-danger areas across New Jersey, according to Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The Victorian summer home on the West Cape May Bridge. The first floor of the house was moved Thursday, starting at the EHT storage yard, and moving down through Cape May, over a four-hour journey. March 14, 2019.
What was once one of the oldest homes in Avalon was being moved from an Egg Harbor Township storage yard to the Victorian shore town, a four-hour-long journey taken on by a South Jersey moving company and seven law-enforcement departments.
Flanked by two office buildings also owned by Meridian, the Victorian home is the only one currently slated for demolition. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Over the objections of residents who pleaded that it be saved, the Red Bank planning board approved the demolition of a 118-year-old Victorian house owned by Riverview Medical Center Monday night.
Paramount Assets bought 36-40 Clinton St., pictured above, and 30-32 Clinton St.
We saw this as an excellent opportunity to reposition two historically significant assets to the benefit of both the City and residents alike.
Hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents live in flood zones that can become inundated with storm water. But the state is trying to move some of them out of harm’s way in one of the biggest home buyout programs in the nation.
DOWN TO THE FRONT DOOR: The stately, nine-bedroom home that stood for 96 years on Hodge Road was torn down recently due to damage from a fire, still under investigation, that broke out last July. A local shop was able to salvage some of the interior features. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
“I salvaged some mantels, a couple of doors, and some smaller items throughout the place,” Menapace said last week. “Unfortunately, the demolition happened faster than I would have liked, and there wasn’t a lot that I could have grabbed.”
Ironside Newark exterior. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.
“Given the historic nature of the building and the prior uses in the building, we quickly recognized that the bones were irreplaceable and therefore repurposing it for its intended use as loft-style office with street-level retail would be a great second life if you will for the building,” Sommer explained, adding that “we’re seeing a tremendous amount of velocity on both fronts.”
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“I’m not a developer. I don’t understand the machinery, the political machinery, to become a developer and make something else out of it,” said Blochoe. “Five previous owners have failed in doing something to this place, if my count is not mistaken, and I have no other plans.”
The Captain William Tyson House is owned by the Township of Rochelle Park which wants to either sell or raze the structure, officials say.
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“Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, difficulties raising adequate historic preservation funding, the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals, inadequate recognition and protection by government agencies, and political influences,” said Courtenay D. Mercer, president of PNJ.
“The architectural design aimed to convert the historic propeller-pattern factory into a modern home, while also restoring the classic details,” said a statement from Fogarty Finger.
“The architects preserved the original wood joists, wood columns, concrete floors and machinery from the building’s industrial past and incorporated them into the main living space,” said the statement.
Peter Henderer is a Cape May artist who takes his wood from homes and dumpsters to make his art at his studio Thursday Dec 14, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)
For some pieces, he’ll use shovels for fish bills, rakes for fins and light bulbs for eyes. All of the work is done in a shed in the backyard of his grandparents’ Cape May home, where Henderer will cut, sand and stain plywood before coating it with polyurethane to withstand any climate.
Neile Cooper, Mohawk, New Jersey
The tiny retreat is made almost entirely from repurposed window frames and lumber, and its handcrafted stained glass panels depict flowers, birds, butterflies, and other nature-inspired scenes.
Neile Cooper, Mohawk, New Jersey
Madeline Ruiz-Robinson and Dave Robinson of SUAD Studio for Urban Architecture & Design are the project’s architect. They applied in February to add a new four-story addition to the building within the courtyard, and to keep one of the courtyard structures previously slated to be demolished as part of the project. The proposal was approved with conditions in March by the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission. In addition, new insulated windows will replicate the existing style and material of the original units, according to commission records.
The gas station’s original design (above) harkens back to the Modernist movement of the 1930s. Its adaptive reuse as a pizzeria (below) required closing the service bays and garage doors in the rear with a facade of cedar and storefront glazing. Images: Michael Slack, courtesy of JZA+D
“The millennial generation is rejecting the cookie-cutter suburbia of manicured lawns and McMansions and are going for things that are more quirky,” said Tim Adriance, past president of the Bergen County Historical Society. “They are looking for something more solid with history that has connection to something.”
FROM URBAN BLIGHT TO FARM: Planting is ongoing at Trenton’s Capital City Farm, a joint effort of several non-profit groups that has turned a trash-strewn lot into a verdant space designed to provide fresh produce and more to the local community and beyond.
While Capital City Farm is only in its first season, there are signs that it is having the desired effect. “People are curious,” Ms. Mead said, “especially those who come to the Soup Kitchen. Some teenagers from the neighborhood are excited about working on the farm. People are stopping by. It’s been an interesting thing to watch.”
The Bonfiglio house on Newton Avenue is an 1893 Victorian, Wednesday, Dec. 9. Sean M. Fitzgerald/Staff Photographer
The most satisfying discovery was the stained glass window on the second floor. The former owners covered it with plaster and a cabinet.
“That was fun to uncover and have the light come through for the first time in 70 years,” Shaw said.
The house is a “diamond in the rough,” he said.
“Buying something and being able to bring it back to its potential maybe will inspire other people to move into the area and takes those houses that have good bones, but need TLC,” Shaw explained.
Shaw and Bonfiglio rely on architectural salvage yards in Philadelphia and Woodbury Antiques — a Broad Street antiques mall — for pieces. Shaw pulled rounded top shutters for his exterior third-floor windows from the salvage yards. Bonfiglio found the shutters from The Dakota at the antique shop.
Owner Brian Bonfiglio talks about renovation work he’s done inside his 1893 Victorian house. (Photo: Sean M. Fitzgerald/Staff Photo)
The former Green Hotel, on Cooper Street in Woodbury, on Friday, April 24, 2015. (Staff photo by Jason Laday)
“The process has already begun, demolishing the building,” said Camden Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd on Friday.
The city planning and zoning board in August 2014 voted 6-1 to approve the demolition, over the protests of the members of Woodbury’s Historic Preservation Commission.
The building once known as the Green Castle Hotel, originally built in 1881 and turned into apartments in 1920, has been the subject of debate between Holy Angels Parish and preservation advocates for years.
Mike Whiteside, one of the stars of the show and co-owner at Black Dog Salvage said the crew also hoped to take the clockworks inside the tower to salvage or repurpose.
Rowan University unveils development plans for the new Rowan University Art Gallery, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The building, located at 301 West High Street, will also feature smart classrooms, office space, a conference room, and student lounge areas. (Tim Hawk | South Jersey Times)
The building at 301 High St. in downtown Glassboro was once intended to hold several condominiums. As the years went by, however, the structure, built right around the 2008 economic downturn, sat empty.
For the first time on Monday, Glassboro and Rowan University officials opened the doors of the half-finished structure to unveil their plans for the space, which will serve as the home of Rowan’s art gallery in addition to offices and classrooms.
The underside of the church roof, above, will remain exposed to the new second floor and mezzanine. Below, the church’s steeple also will be retained. (Photos by John T. Ward.)
“It’s like architectural sculpture,” developer Bob Silver, of Bravitas Group, said of the intricate lacing of timbers. “We never even considered taking it down.”
The former Green Hotel building at Cooper Street and Railroad Avenue, in Woodbury, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Staff Photo by Joe Warner/South Jersey Times)(JOE WARNER)
“History is and always has been important in this town. There are a lot of old buildings here,” he said after the vote. “To forget and let them go is a shame, and that’s what happened here. There’s been no investment.”
Woodbury unveils the restored GG Green Building, a 133-year-old structure that was considered for demolition just two years ago. Once a theater, developers have turned it into a mixed-use residential building in Woodbury. This is a photo of the building on December 11, 2013. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON/Staff Photographer)
“It’s good for the environment, and we believe it’s the right thing to do,” said Teicher, a principal with local construction company Build Within Reach.
Like Teicher, a growing number of builders, architects and homeowners are looking for ways to recycle building materials, even though it is generally easier and faster to just haul everything to a landfill.
The environmental benefits are obvious, since millions of tons of construction debris are dumped every year. But saving these old building elements can also make economic sense, because they can be resold, donated or reused to save the cost of buying new items.
To dismantle the house, Teicher hired a crew from a Baltimore non- profit, Humanim. Chris Posko, an operations manager for Humanim, said that 80 to 85 percent of a home can typically be saved.
“There’s value in everything,” Posko said. “To be able to get over 1,000 square feet of heart pine flooring [from the Englewood house] is beautiful.”
I’ve begun to become quite the collector of salvaged wood. While at work or play I always keep my eye out for anything that I think could be re-purposed. I also collect wood to help reduce this type of materials out of the waste stream.
The Tuckerton Creek overflowed into many of the buildings in the borough’s historic seaport during Hurricane Sandy, leaving the maritime museum with dumpsters full of debris to discard.
Ben Wurst works on cutting out an outline of New Jersey from wood he salvaged from debri left by Hurricane Sandy.
Erin O’Neill/The Star-Ledger But among the piles of trash, Ben Wurst spotted the opportunity to create something new.
Now flooring from the seaport is stacked among other piles of salvaged wood outside of Wurst’s home in the New Gretna section of Bass River Township. There, in a small woodshop in his backyard, Wurst turns old fences, floors and walls into frames, furniture and collectibles.
“At least I got some of it — as much as I could, there was tons of it — just to try and save some of it from going to the landfill,” Wurst — who owns reclaimed LLC — said about the flooring from the seaport.
Wurst has used that wood — as well as pieces of the building known as “The Shack” that sat along Route 72 heading into Long Beach Island and was destroyed during Sandy — to create cutouts of New Jersey that he sells online.
“We have a cool state to cut out, I think. Our whole state is defined by water pretty much if you look at it. You have the river, the bay and the ocean,” he said.
Wurst said he found the Shack debris after the storm and knew it belonged to the iconic structure because of the age of the wood. He donated 30 percent of the proceeds he made from sales in January to hurricane relief.
Renee Kennedy, who handles public relations for the Tuckerton Seaport, lauded Wurst for “just taking that wood and reclaiming it and doing something else with it.”
Wurst isn’t alone in his efforts.
Read the entire inspiring article via New Jerseyans salvage Hurricane Sandy debris to create new goods | NJ.com.
We are big, BIG fans of what Reclaim NYC is doing to raise money for Sandy survivors and to bring awareness to building material reuse and salvage.
Not to mention, that the state of New Jersey is very dear to us! Why not place a bid at the auction so we don’t have to take a bat to your knees s’okay?
Some might balk at the notion of owning a lamp made from debris Sandy left behind. But as New Jersey residents working to reuse the Atlantic City boardwalk have found, storm survivors can be passionate about preserving evidence of the destruction. The Reclaim NYC project is following a similar instinct, turning objects destroyed by the storm into ad hoc memorials. “It sounds like a cliché, but there’s a real sense of optimism in the design community here,” Chambard adds. “We all come to the table, we each have different voices, but it’s somehow very cohesive. It’s what I love about the city.”
The Après Collection will be on the auction block on December 19, alongside work from Dror Benshetrit and Lindsey Adelman. RSVP here.
Proceeds will go to the Monmouth Beach School, which was badly damaged in the storm and is closed indefinitely for repairs.
Our town of Monmouth Beach, NJ was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, as were may of the other surrounding towns. As we looked at the piles of debris coming from many of our friends’ houses, we thought perhaps we could make something from the pieces of these damaged houses to raise money to help get our town back to the quaint little beach town so many love. So we went around town and started picking up pieces of wood quickly before they were hauled off.
Each 12″x12″ hand-painted wood wall hanging is made from wood collected from our friends and neighbors’ damaged houses (after asking their permission, of course). The wood we are collecting is lathing – strips of wood inside plaster walls. Many of the homes in our town were built in the early 1900’s. To know they will probably be replaced by drywall makes these boards even more special.
At a gathering of Central Jersey organic farmers recently — it was a potluck — I listened in on a conversation between two of the veteran farmers in the room. They weren’t exactly elderly; they just weren’t in their 20s like almost everyone else in attendance. The two farmers discussed how a decade ago, the same potluck would have been a quiet, sparsely populated affair. Tonight the room was alive.
It won’t stay that way unless we find those youngsters some well-drained Garden State farmland to call their own. I suspect it’s the same story all across this nation.
Read the entire article via For young farmers: No land, but plenty of climate change to go around | Grist.