Historic Preservation Advisory Committee
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.
- Identification of more than 100 historic structures in Bernardsville
- Assisted the 2009 registration of the Olcott Avenue Historic District
- Identified the SHSD Olcott Building roof replacement to be eligible for a $377,000 grant from the Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant Program in 2009
- Prepared a walking tour brochure of the Olcott Avenue Historic District in 2015, available on-line at this website
- Identified Dunster-Squibb Property as a historic resource; supported its purchase by the Borough in 2008. Arranged for nomination of the property to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in 2013.
- HPAC has applied for annual grants since 2010, to the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Historic Preservation Grant Program. This effort has raised almost $800,000, towards the rehabilitation of the Dunster-Squibb Property Buildings.
- Helped establish the Friends of Historic Bernardsville Inc., a non-profit 501(C)(3) which is responsible for alternate fund-raising for the Dunster-Squibb Property. A lease of the property is anticipated.
- Assisted with arranging Borough funding for a thematic, multiple property nomination to the NJ and National Register of Historic Places called "Somerset Hills Country Place Era" 1870-1940.
- Prepared a well-attended exhibit in May of 2016, of the Bernardsville downtown district and held at the Bernardsville Library.
- Currently working on development of a Bernardsville Downtown Historic District Walking tour brochure.
- HPAC regularly comments about historic preservation issues on local development applications for the Planning and Zoning Boards.
- HPAC collaborates with the Bernardsville Library History Room and local residents' interest in historical issues.
Gerry Jo Cranmer
Daniel W. Lincoln, Chair
Tom Wood, Alternate #2
Diane Greenfield, Council Liaison