CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Historical Preservation Advisory Board is proud to present “Cranford’s History and Architecture – A Journey Through Time”.  The hour-long DVD highlights the character of Cranford, with examples of the rich variety of building styles that grace our neighborhoods, and reviews Cranford’s developers and development, both architecturally and socially.

The video was inspired by “An Architectural Tour of Cranford” which was written and produced in 1989 by David Holden. Bill King, member of the Historical Preservation Advisory Board, who produced and directed the new video, said “David’s film has been seen and appreciated by thousands of Cranford residents over the years.  We felt it was time to update it and add a bit of history to supplement the descriptions of the architecture.”

Maureen Strazdon, Chair of the Historical Preservation Advisory Board, said “The striking thing is the number of buildings that Mr Holden talked about that are no longer around, that we have lost in the last 25 years.  It really emphasizes the need to preserve our buildings and our past.”

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The DVD is available at several stores in Downtown Cranford including The Artist Framer on North Avenue, and Periwinkle’s and Simply on Union Avenue North.  You can also purchase it online using PayPal at our website –  A form for mail orders is also available on our website. 

The mission of the of the Cranford Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB), a Township Committee created in 1993,  is to aid in the preservation of Cranford's architectural  heritage through documentation of  significant structures, education of the public as to the value of preservation, and advice  to the Township on laws and activities impacting preservation. Through HPAB, Cranford joins the hundreds of communities that have taken action to preserve their distinctive historical charm.