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Finally, back on the proverbial horse

With the parents gone, operated foot partially healed, kids and House virus-free, baby sitter back from vacation, and work stuff out of the way, I now have time to get back to my schedule. For now, at least.

I owe you a recap of the January 23rd event at the Evergreens. Just to remind you, since it has been more than a week, the workshops are designed to introduce a homeowner to the knowledge they need to plan and execute a restoration or remodeling of an older home. The workshops are co-sponsored by Montclair Historical Society and the Van Vleck House and Gardens.

At the first workshop, titled "The Basics," the panelists tried to give us the information one needs to get started. Michael Margulies, AIA talked about how to identify the style of the house. Jeff Farrell and Chuck Baum helped with the definitions of preservation, restoration, or sensitive remodeling (and what are the differences). Jane Eliasof gave us some of the resources to help in the research of home's history. Patrick Hynes and Jane Eliasof also briefly discussed the Historical Commission approval process. In general, the panel tried to help the homeowners in the audience take first steps towards their projects. The panelists also circulated some really useful resource lists and other materials, which I'll try to scan and share.

After the completion of the panel discussion, we got the tour of the amazing Evergreens house. We also got an opportunity to network with our neighbors, which was probably the best part.

Joking aside, if you are at the beginning or in the middle of the project, this really is a place for you. I wish I knew this was in the works, because it would have saved me weeks of research.

The next panel is on Saturday, February 27, at the Clark House, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Hope to see you there.


  1. I'm from Belleville NJ but now reside in Hilton Head SC. I too was brought up in a historical house. The Charles Granville Jones House on Holmes and Prospect Streets. Charles Granville Jones later became a famous architect responsible for designing most of the schools in Belleville along with the Town Hall, Library and many buildings in NYC. In the attic there I recently found an original Volume 1 of Artistic Country Seats. Your house is featured in the book along with about 16 others. I come up to Belleville a couple of times a year and would love to show you the 1886 Folio if you'd like. I understand that this is a very rare book. There is a remake of this book available on Amazon. Seeing that you're a bit of a historian on your home, you may already know this. Anyway, my email is Thanks, Bob

  2. Bob, thanks for the comment. And the answer is YES!


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