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Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Monday, August 7, 2017

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Historic Preservation Advisory Committee

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.


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Advisory Committee Appointments

Ongoing Initiatives

  • 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.


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.