Historic Van der Veer-Harris House in Hillsborough Awarded $293,938 Grant

Greg Gillette, chairman, Hillsborough Township Historic Preservation Commission, at right, accepts the ceremonial check from Somerset County Freeholder Director Peter Palmer. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders
The Van der Veer-Harris historic homestead in Hillsborough. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A historic Hillsborough homestead nestled on a 10.4-acre tract several hundred feet off of Route 206 will be renovated with the help of a $293,938 preservation grant awarded to the township by the Somerset County Freeholders.

The Van der Veer-Harris House, which dates to the late-18th century features significant Colonial Revival renovations completed in the 20th century; it was originally the home of Dr. Lawrence Van der Veer, a prominent local doctor.

In 1940, Dr. Robert Harris incorporated Colonial Revival style into the home’s renovation. The renovations were designed by Chester A. Paterson, a well-known advocate of the Colonial Revival style.

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The grant was one of six awarded by the freeholders at an Oct. 24 meeting, totaling $897,000.

The grant will enable the township to contract for the rebuilding of existing concrete areaways; carpentry repairs and painting at the east elevation and east wing of the house; east wing roof replacement; carpentry repairs and painting at the north elevation; painting of the south elevation; painting of east elevation beyond carpentry repairs; and replacement of damaged gutter on the west wing.

Somerset County Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer presented the ceremonial checks to the county’s 2017 Historic Preservation Grants recipients at the freeholder’s Oct. 24 meeting.  He was joined by county Historic Sites Coordinator Thomas D’Amico in presenting the grants.

Other recipients included the Dunster-Squibb House in Bernardsville, $182,672; the Derrick Van Veghten House in Bridgewater, $24,085; the Van Wickle House in Franklin, $223,985; Rocky Hill Borough Hall, $50,000 and the Mt. Bethel Baptist Meeting House in Warren, $122,230

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