Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Announces 2015 Award Winners


Crane House & Historic YWCA

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission has announced the winners of the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards. The awards will be presented at the Commission’s November 19 meeting which will be held in the Montclair Municipal Building Council Chambers at 205 Claremont Avenue.

And the winners are:

Bricks & Mortar Preservation Award (Non-Residential)

  • The Montclair Historical Society will be recognized for their efforts to rehabilitate the Crane House & Historic YWCA, located at 110 Orange Road. MHS offers its thanks and a few words on the rehabilitation on its website here.
  • Notchwood, LLC will be recognized for their redevelopment work of the Upper Montclair Train Station.

Bricks & Mortar Preservation Award (Residential)

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  • Goran and Selma Avdičević  and Classics Reborn will be recognized for their efforts to restore the porch of the Harry Fenn House located at 208 North Mountain Avenue.

The Avdičevićs tell Barsitanet they are very excited and honored to be receiving this award:

The restoration has been, over the course of the last 7 years, a labor of love, a lot of times frustrating and painful, but ultimately rewarding. It is a joy to watch the house re-emerge in all of its beauty, room by room, shingle by shingle. In Mark Wright, our architect, and Classics Reborn, our contractor, we have found partners who understand the quality and the beauty of this house, but they also understand that it is our family’s home, and they have been treating it as such. Thank you for this honor.

Preservation Service Award

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  • The Montclair Garden Club will be recognized for their continued efforts to maintain and protect the Avis Campbell Memorial Garden, located behind the Social Services Building at 60 South Fullerton Avenue.

Preservationist of the Year Award

  • Mr. William Fischer, local historian and former Local History and Community Information Supervisor the Montclair Public Library will be recognized for his commitment to preserve and share Montclair’s history.
  • Dr. Susan Nowicki will be recognized for her dissertation entitled “Montclair, New Jersey: the development of a suburban town and its architecture” which was published by the City University of New York.
  • Mr. Frank Godlewski will be recognized for his efforts to host events and promote the historic fabric of Montclair.  “Montclair was built as one of America’s finest communities,” Godlewski tells Baristanet. “It is “Someplace” not just “Anyplace” and deserves much more attention and awareness to preservation.”

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission, established by ordinance in 1994, is responsible for protecting Montclair’s architectural heritage and increasing public awareness of the unique historical and cultural dimensions of the Township’s buildings, streetscapes and landscapes.

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