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Register of Historic Places

With kids otherwise occupied, I had a moment to look at a magazine - This Old House. In it, I found the names of two websites: historicproperties.com and preservationdirectory.com. They are listing sites for historical properties currently for sale. But, they also had excellent lists of resources, including links to New Jersey Historic Preservation Office and National Register of Historic Places. It turns out, the House is listed on both, so there will be no work required on that part. I've contacted both offices for the printout of the complete filing, since they are not online (haven't been scanned yet). Also been reading the laws relating to historic preservation. It turns out, if the house is in private hands, you can do with it whatever you want. This explains a lot... And it leaves the decision of the type of work in the hands of the owners/builders. Not all of them care about history, which explains some of the "interesting" choices in the previous renovations of the House...

All of this opens up some new posibilities - federal, state and local funding to help us get the project of the ground. It would be nice to get some help. Architect drawing the plans alone is going to cost a small fortune.

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