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Category Archives: Historic Resources
Information of Historic Resources and Historic Preservation.
Ballot Public Questions #2 – November 4, 2014
Vote Yes to support Clean Water, Open Space, Farmland & Historic Preservation
Since 199, the New Jersey Historic trust has awarded $ 137.6 million in funding for historic preservation planning and “bricks and mortar” construction projects to worthy sites in every part of the state.
That fund is now depleted, and New Jersey’s history is suffering.
A 2012 capital needs survey identified current restoration needs greater than $ 787 million in the state of New Jersey. This is a conservative estimate. The Historic Trust routinely receives requests for funding 2-3 times greater than the available grant money.
Find more information online at: Keep It Green NJ
Have your firm’s project included in the 2014 AIA-NJ Design Awards.
This years Design Awards submission deadline is fast approaching. Deadline for entry is September 30th.
Schedule for 2014:
September 30, 2014 – Deadline to submit Design Awards entry form and fee
October 6, 2014 – Submit project boards to the Yankee Club Conference Center at the Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road (aka Cass St.), Trenton, NJ.
October 7, 2014 – Design Awards Jury convenes
October 9, 2014 – Exhibition of design submission boards and announcement of winning projects
January 9, 2015 – Presentation of the Design Awards at the Awards Dinner
Entry guidelines and requirements can be found at www.aia-nj.org
A sampling of the 2013 winners include:
Shore Point Architecture, based in Ocean Grove, N.J., for their work on Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.;
Mills and Schnoering, based in Princeton, N.J., for their safety and comfort upgrades at the Statue of Liberty National Monument;
DIGroupArchitecture, based in New Brunswick, N.J., for their work on Memorial Elementary School, the rebuilding of a fire damaged school building in East Brunswick, N.J.
For the LOVE of It
Mills + Schnoering Architects Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Historic Preservation of Statue of Liberty
Princeton, N.J.-Based Firm Uses Contemporary Technologies to Upgrade Visitor Safety and Comfort at American Landmark
The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Princeton, N.J.-based design firm Mills + Schnoering Architects LLC with a Merit Award in the Historic Preservation category for its use of contemporary technologies to upgrade visitor safety and comfort at the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York, N.Y.
“The ingenuity that Mills + Schnoering demonstrated in its preservation of the Statue of Liberty is the exact type of work that AIA-NJ looks to recognize with its annual design awards,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “The entire New Jersey architectural community should be proud to know that one of our own served as steward to an essential piece of American history.”
The National Park Service retained a multi-disciplinary design team led by Mills + Schnoering to perform the upgrades to the monument. Severely limited space within the statue’s pedestal posed challenges for the firm, which designed new staircases and a new elevator to deliver visitors to the observation deck and the crown safely and more comfortably.
Mills + Schnoering used Revit, a three-dimensional modeling software, to create a virtual model of the entire monument from laser scans. The interior of the pedestal — 17 square feet at its narrowest and only 27 square feet at its widest — contains massive beams supporting the statue, which further constrict the pedestal’s interior space.
Gustave Eiffel, the celebrated engineer of the Eiffel Tower, designed this original support system. Mills + Schnoering configured two new staircases and two elevators within this interior space without touching Eiffel’s steel support beams and enormous iron tie-down straps that hold the statue in place. Additionally, the firm threaded the stairs and elevators through the narrow interior, which has little room for error.
The life and safety enhancements at the monument have increased visitor safety, fire protection and comfort. New stairs and a new elevator make it easier for visitors to ascend to the pedestal’s observation level, which is now wheelchair accessible for the first time. From the top level of the pedestal, visitors can look up and view the double helix stairs leading through the interior of the Statue to the crown. A new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system creates a more comfortable environment as visitors ascend or descend the stairs.
“Mills + Schnoering Architects was honored to work over the last four years to design safety, accessibility, and other visitor amenities to this icon of freedom and World Heritage Site,” stated Michael Mills, FAIA, partner at Mills + Schnoering Architects. “We are especially honored to be recognized by our peer architects from AIA-New Jersey during a year when so many excellent projects were submitted.”
The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.
The 20th annual edition of Preservation New Jersey’s list cites historic locations that are in “imminent danger of being lost” often due to neglect or planned redevelopment, though Superstorm Sandy damage landed a lighthouse on the list.
“Our goal is to bring awareness to cherished sites that have been a vital part of a community that, without intervention, would fade from existence,” said Michael Hanrahan, president of Preservation New Jersey.
At least one of the sites in this year’s list was being offered for free in December to anyone willing to cart it away. The Giordano Diner on Route 1 in Lawrence, which has also operated under the names Calhoun, Cass, and Ben’s over the last 50 years, is one of five surviving diners built by the Mountain View Diner Co., a Little Falls company. It’s been vacant for decades.
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Early Registration has past, however there is still time to Register and Attend:
- Morning and afternoon keynote speakers, Ned Kaufman and John Durel.
- Twenty morning and afternoon educational sessions and workshops to choose from, featuring a variety of topics for architecture and planning professionals, historic preservation commission members, heritage site managers and trustees, municipal and county officials, historians, archaeologists, museum professionals, and more.
- Select sessions that qualify for continuing education credits.
- Breakfast, lunch, “The Marketplace” exhibit area featuring conference sponsors and vendors, and a closing reception.
Please visit the 2014 conference website, where the agenda, session descriptions, and more details can be found: http://www.njpreservationconference.org/index.html
The Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS seeks applications from qualified students for 2014 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings, and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of The Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June.
View the job announcements and learn other important application details on our website at http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/summer.htm
Applications Due: 17 March 2014
“BRIDGETON ROSE” HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS PROGRAM ON NOVEMBER 13 FEATURES FAMOUS ARCHITECTS AND HISTORIC CHURCHES
Bridgeton, October 23, 2013. Do the names: Strickland–Eyre–Sloan–Furness–Venturi–mean anything to you? If so, you probably know more than a little something about historic American architecture.
But even you could get an unexpected boost in your learning curve on Wednesday, November 13, when the City of Bridgeton Historic District Commission and the Center for Historic American Building Arts partner up for a third year’s celebration of the state’s largest historic district with the “Bridgeton Rose Awards,” and to thank those whose stewardship has benefited some of the district’s thousands of historic and architectural treasures.
“Our special theme this year is the great architects who stopped by Bridgeton to drop off some of their work,” says James Livoti, AIA, the Commission chairman and resident architect. “People may be a little surprised to see how many of them came through here. As an architectural legacy, it really does Bridgeton proud.”
The awards event will be held at Bonham Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 119 West Commerce Street. The church itself, once known as “West Presbyterian,” was designed by the great Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan.
In fact, Bridgeton churches have a special niche in the event program this year. The featured speaker is author Frank Greenagel, the authority on historic New Jersey churches whose most recent book is The Cumberland Churchscape. “As religious communities invested in major construction,” he says, “they often commanded the design skills of big-name architects.” But he adds that the area’s bounty of architected churches “is complemented by the beauty and character of some of its vernacular treasures.”
Flavia Alaya, the cultural historian who created the awards program and now heads CHABA, the Center for Historic American Building Arts in Bridgeton, promises a few surprises among the awards this year. “Expect to learn about some of the gems that need a spotlight to be appreciated,” she says. “Our goal is to highlight preservation as a tool for enhancing the district’s economic development potential,” she says, and adds that her own favorites among this year’s awardees are the smaller buildings and homes, gardens and neighborhoods that “people love and come together around.”
“An awards program is a way of giving credit where it’s due, up at the top and in the middle and down at the grassroots too,” she says, “where the only incentive may be a spirit of caring, respect for what’s beautiful, and a will to add to everybody’s quality of life.”
She is quick to add that it doesn’t hurt to be able to point with pride to the handiwork of some of America’s finest architects. “It means that the largest historic district in the state–over 2000 properties–is large for a reason: it offers what Bridgeton alone CAN offer in this dense megalopolis of the Northeast corridor–a small, walkable postindustrial town with the entire American story, and the whole spectrum of American architecture, all in the palm of your hand–or maybe under the soles of your feet. How many small towns within an hour of Philly and two of New York can say that?”
A brief meet and greet at 5:30 PM with sophisticated refreshments and musical entertainment will take attendees straight into the highly visual awards program, which runs to 7:30 PM. Ample free parking is available around the church. Tickets at $30 benefit the City of Bridgeton Historic Preservation Trust Fund, dedicated to the care of publicly-owned historic sites in the city.
Tickets are now available at Hankins Bros. (12 Broad Street) and the Cohansey Cafe (21 E. Commerce St.). They may also be purchased at the door on November 13.
City of Bridgeton: Roberta Copeland: [email protected] 856-451-3407 x 2
CHABA: Flavia Alaya: [email protected]
the Center for Historic American Building Arts [chaba]
ReVisioning New Jersey’s Largest Historic District
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The Historic Resources Committee of
AIA New Jersey
Design Guidelines for Elevating Historic Buildings in NJ
Owners of buildings in areas subject to flooding face a future that requires effective and thoughtful planning. Community flood hazard mitigation techniques (such as dune creation and drainage improvements) in concert with specific building techniques (such as resilient finishes, structural reinforcement and the relocation of utilities and systems) will reduce but not eliminate risk of serous damage in all cases.
According to data from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection/Historic Preservation Office, more than 30,000 historic properties lie wholly or partially within the flood plain. Even if a small percentage of these structures are raised, the number would be large and the impact great.
As a first step in the preparation of these guidelines, AIA-NJ is soliciting examples of likely candidates for elevation and existing buildings that have already been elevated or are in the process of being elevated from fellow architects, colleagues in engineering and construction, property owners and all other interested parties.
HOW AND WHAT TO SUBMIT
Please submit photos of actual examples (current or before and after) and all other pertinent information (including the property address and the name & contact information of the submitter) via email to [email protected] by Monday, November 4, 2013. Limit emails to no more than 7 megs (larger submissions will require multiple emails).
AIA-NJ will meet on November 9th to review the submission and to select as many as 12 examples to be investigated further, developed and possibly used as case studies and examples of best practices in forthcoming Guidelines. The results of this call for submissions will be released in early 2014. The information gathered is intended to provide guidance to owners of existing and historic buildings, local historic commissions and design professionals.
Via email to [email protected]
Via fax to 609 884 8608
Via phone to 609 849 8410