New Jersey Historic Preservation Matching Grants — 2016
The 1772 Foundation and the New Jersey Historic Preservation Trust have awarded to 25 New Jersey organizations matching grants totaling $290,000. Grants were provided for exterior work: painting, surface restoration, fire/security systems, repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs and windows, repairs to foundations and sills, and chimney and masonry repointing. Individual grant amounts ranged from $2,038 to the grant maximum of $15,000. 11 of the 25 organizations received the maximum award amount. Grants also were awarded in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
This year, New Jersey projects receiving funding included three performance venues managed/owned by the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts in Collingswood, The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, and the Growing Stage in Netcong.
|Scottish Rite Auditorium||Count Basie Theatre||Palace Theatre|
The Scottish Rite Theatre, managed by the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, is housed in the larger of two buildings on a two-acre parcel of land in Collingswood. The other building is the William Leonard Hurley Mansion. In 1931, the Scottish Rite Freemasons built the five-story, art-deco style, main building, which now houses the auditorium and the Collingswood Grand Ballroom. The Scottish Rite Auditorium is one of the largest theatres in South Jersey, seating 1,050 people. It has near perfect acoustics. The grant from The 1772 Foundation will help fund repairs to the roof.
The Count Basie Theatre, formerly the Carlton Theatre, was constructed in 1925-26 as a vaudeville theatre and movie house. It was designed by Newark-based architect William Lehman in the neoclassical revival style. It was renamed the Count Basie Theatre in 1984. The 1772 Foundation grant will be used to repair/repoint a chimney, which in its current state has resulted in water infiltration and moisture damage to the theatre’s interior.
The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey purchased the historic Palace Theatre in 1995 and has been restoring it ever since. Built in 1919, The Palace Theatre was originally a silent movie and vaudeville house. In the 1930s, it was redesigned and a marquee and an art-deco façade were added. Grant money will be used to install a security system.
|Collingswood Foundation for the Arts||Scottish Rite Auditorium||$15,000|
|Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)||Theatre||$15,000|
|Court Street School Education Community Center (Freehold)||Court Street School||$9,250|
|Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society||Benjamin Temple House||$4,870|
|Friends of the Locktown Stone Church (Delaware Township)||Church||$15,000|
|Friends of Wallisch Homestead (West Milford Township)||Wallisch Farmhouse||$8,292|
|The Growing Stage (Netcong)||Theatre||$9,920|
|The Highlands Nature Friends (Ringwood)||The New Weis Center||$8,500|
|Historic Cold Spring Village (Lower Township)||Mechanics Hall & 4 other buildings||$15,000|
|InfoAge (Wall Township)||Marconi Hotel||$10,000|
|Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown)||Macculloch Hall||$15,000|
|Morris County Historical Society (Morristown)||Acorn Hall||$15,000|
|Morris Museum (Morristown)||Twin Oaks Mansion||$15,000|
|Morven Museum & Garden (Princeton)||Morven||$15,000|
|Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center (Bloomfield)||Oakes Mansion||$9,680|
|Old Barracks Association (Trenton)||Barracks||$12,500|
|The Parker Homestead - 1665 (Little Silver)||Homestead||$2,038|
|Peters Valley School of Craft (Layton)||Upper Trieble House||$15,000|
|Pinelands Preservation Alliance (Southampton)||Louden Barn||$8,650|
|Pohatcong History & Heritage Society (Phillipsburg)||Shimer Mansion||$15,000|
|Proprietary House Association (Perth Amboy)||Proprietary House||$15,000|
|The Tewksbury Historical Society (Oldwick)||Oldwick Carriage House||$12,000|
|Township of Hamilton Historical Society||Little Red Schoolhouse||$9,000|
|Township of Ocean Historical Museum||Stucile Farms Water Tower||$12,500|
|Whitesbog Preservation Trust (Browns Mills)||Whitesbog Village||$7,800|