New Jersey Historic Preservation Matching Grants — 2016

Posted June 20th, 2016 by maryalbro and filed in News & Announcements
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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.

Collingswood Foundation for the ArtsCount Basie TheatrePalace Theatre
Scottish Rite AuditoriumCount Basie TheatrePalace 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 ArtsScottish 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 SocietyBenjamin 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 SocietyLittle Red Schoolhouse$9,000
Township of Ocean Historical MuseumStucile Farms Water Tower$12,500
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (Browns Mills)Whitesbog Village$7,800