County Historical Commission to recognize important buildings 

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its annual preservation awards program that recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of residents in preserving buildings and other structures that have historic value. The deadline is March 30, 2012.

Anyone, including a property owner, may nominate a structure that has historic value and has undergone preservation work that was substantially completed in 2011. Homes, business buildings, houses of worship, public buildings and other Monmouth County structures that are more than 50 years old are eligible for the award. Complete entry information, including an application, is available on the Monmouth County Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. 

“Residents and business people who do the work to preserve local structures and buildings deserve public praise and recognition,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county’s Historical Commission. “The Historical Commission has a tradition of finding some historic gems in the community and acknowledging the people who make sure that we continue to remember our past.”

The nomination process is simple and entails the completion of a one-page application that can be downloaded from the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-431-7413. Completed applications should be mailed to Monmouth County Historical Commission, Hall of Records Annex, 2nd floor, Freehold, NJ 07728 by March 30, 2012.

“Nominations may be made for a variety of building types,” said Randall Gabrielan, executive director of the county Historical Commission. “Adaptive reuse projects as well as the preservation of private homes are eligible for recognition.”

Three recent winners reflect the varying types of preservation projects embraced by the program:

  • A Little Silver residence at 56 Oakes Rd. is one of the most extensive restoration projects ever honored by the Historical Commission. Prior to the restoration work the house was in deteriorated condition and its tower had been removed. The house was rebuilt, both inside and out, and the tower was reconstructed following original plans that had been filed with the County Clerk and were being housed in the County Archives
  • The Harrie Lindeberg-designed Thomas Vietor mansion at 99 Rumson Rd. in Rumson was a great house even after its eastern end was cut off and relocated nearby as the core of two additional dwellings. The commission designated the recently reconstructed eastern end, designed by Anderson-Campanella Architects, which now blends with the original design.
  • The former Holy Rosary Church at 49 West River Rd. in Rumson was vacant for a time before it was converted for use as an office building. This type of an adaptive reuse project is a fine example of how houses of worship find a second use in communities.