The Monmouth County Historical Commission recently awarded preservation grants totaling $64,411 for 13 restoration projects.
The types of projects eligible for funding are preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of historic structures, usually 50 years or older, and which are accessible to the public. The program covers essentially structural work for projects commonly known as “bricks and mortar” undertakings.
“The on-going preservation and restoration of meeting halls, offices, churches and former homes helps make history real and present in our daily lives,” Freeholder Lillian Burry said in a press release. “It is important to maintain and restore these landmarks to their glory and interpret their importance for generations to come.”
The Monmouth County Historical Commission was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders for the preservation and conservation of Monmouth County history in August 1988. The commission grants matching funds on a competitive basis to municipalities and nonprofit organizations needing financial help in the preservation or restoration of historic structures.
“The Historical Commission provides both sustained support and an open door for new projects,” Historical Commission Executive Director John Fabiano said in a press release. “Once again, we have an interesting mix of grantees that are moving these great preservation projects forward.”
The Historical Commission’s Annual Preservation Awards ceremony was held Feb. 24 at the Hall of Records in Freehold where recipients received checks for the first half of their award.
The 2014 Preservation Grant recipients are:
- Battleground Historical Society (Englishtown) – Village Inn Porch roof restoration - $4,000
- Borough of Fair Haven - Bicentennial Hall front entry restoration - $3,713
- Friends of Monmouth Battlefield (Freehold) – Craig House window replacement - $2,915
- Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association (Long Branch) – Ross Island Stone Hut - $4,000
- Long Branch Historical Museum Association – Church of Presidents, West gable siding restoration - $7,444
- Borough of Matawan - Burrowes Mansion Cedar shake roof - $7,000
- Monmouth County Historical Association (Holmdel & Shrewsbury) – Holmes-Hendrickson & Allen House Exterior Restoration - $7,500
- Old Tennent Church (Manalapan) – restoration of exterior doors - $4,357
- Friends of Millstone Historic Properties – Baird House roof repair - $5,000
- Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting – Cedar Shakes on the north and west sides - $7,500
- Christ Church (Shrewsbury) – Clock face painting - $925
- Borough of Tinton Falls - Crawford House first floor ceiling - $5,057
- Old Wall Historical Association (Wall) – Farm house exterior painting - $5,000