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Community Events

Friday, August 28, 2015

Final Day to Pay 3rd Quarter Tax Bill

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Board of Adjustment

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Planning Board Work or Committee

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day - Borough Hall Closed

Upcoming Meetings

Historic Preservation Advisory Committee

Historic Preservation Advisory Committee

Mission

Founded in 2002, Bernardsville's Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is dedicated to the promotion of historic preservation through planning, outreach, conservation, education, public programs and events.

Appointments

View Historic Preservation Advisory Committee Appointments

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Inventory of more than 100 historic structures in Bernardsville
  • Supported development of the Olcott Avenue Historic District
  • Identified the Olcott Building roof replacement to be eligible for a $377,000 grant from the Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant Program
  • Hosted a popular public lecture series focusing on Somerset Hills country houses, George B. Post and his Architectural Legacy, Blairsden and Gardens of The Somerset Hills
  • Identified Dunster-Squibb House as a historic resource; supported its purchase by the Borough and prepared Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant Application
  • Applied for multiple grants for the Dunster-Squibb House
  • Awarded $450,000 to date in historic preservation grants from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission to cover the historic structure report, a nomination application and repairs for the Dunster-Squibb House
  • Worked to create the Friends of Historic Bernardsville Inc., a 501(C)(3)which is responsible for fund-raising for the Dunster-Squibb House
  • Funding for a multiple property nomination to the NJ and National Register called "Somerset Hills Country Place Era" 1870-1940
  • Monitoring materials selection and appearance of Mt. Airy Road stone wall replacement by Somerset County
  • Collaborates with Planning and Zoning Boards on historic preservation and applications for development

Meetings

The Committee meets the third Thursday of the month in the Olcott Building, 25 Olcott Avenue, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 at 5pm Daniel Lincoln, RA., chair, can be reached via email here.

Olcott Historic District Walking Tour

Olcott Avenue was the first street in Bernardsville designed to appeal specifically to the rising class of local merchants and entrepreneurs. It was a planned neighborhood of comfortable homes constructed in the most fashionable architectural styles, on a broad new avenue set apart from working class neighborhoods. Restrictions were written into each deed by the developer to control how each buyer could use his property. The result was a residential district of substantial dwellings in a homogenous setting. A number of architectural and technological innovations of the period are evident in the district, as a result of designs created by some of the most notable architects in America. The Historic district, established in 2009, has fifty-six contributing buildings, including a school, a church, a parsonage and thirty-seven dwellings, as well as carriage houses, garages and World War I memorial plaques. As a whole, the district possesses excellent historical integrity.

The Tour

Welcome to the Olcott Historic District Walking Tour. The tour covers a distance of approximately 1.6 miles. The tour starts at the Bernardsville United Methodist Church on Wesley and Church Streets, where parking is available nearby, and ends at the Olcott Building. Please refer to the attached map.