PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ – Two historic buildings in Parsippany-Troy Hills are among 28 across Morris County recommended by an advisory panel to receive historic preservation grants, the county said Thursday.
The Richardson History House and the Smith-Baldwin House are on the list of projects the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended for funding.
The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will vote next month on whether to accept the review board’s recommendations. The freeholders will dole out $4.4 million in county grants to help preserve, restore or protect sites in 18 towns across Morris County.
The grants come from the Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
The review board recommended the freeholders allocate $177,647 to the non-profit Mount Tabor Historical Society for use in the second phase of the group’s restoration of the Richardson History House.
“The 1873 Richardson House is a Second Empire camp meeting cottage which is remarkably unchanged,” the county said. “Part of an unusual Treble Cottage with a central location on Trinity Park at the heart of Mt. Tabor, it is contributing to the Mount Tabor National and New Jersey Historic District.”
The money would be used for exterior rehabilitation including foundation repair, and replacement of slate roof and gutters, according to the county.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Township would be the recipient of a $250,000 grant that would be spent on Phase 3 rehabilitation work at the Smith-Baldwin House, the county said.
“The early 19th century Federal and Greek Revival house is a contributing in the Troy Historic District and its additions reflect the development of the village,” said the county. “The house is individually listed on the New Jersey register.”
The grant money would be earmarked for interior rehabilitation including a heating and cooling system, new basement slab and interior finish repairs associated with mechanical system installation, the county noted.
The freeholders, who were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate, will make a final decision on the recommendations at the board's Aug. 12 public meeting.
“The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation work that is aided by this voter-approved grant program allows us to preserve and better understand Morris County’s history, and it maintains important links to our past, ’’ said Morris County Freeholder Stephen Shaw.
“The many dedicated county residents who work to maintain our history, which offers lessons for the present and ensures an inheritance for our future, deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang. “These county grants assist their efforts to ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”