Saturday, September 16, 2006

Landmark status for Duryea Road estate

From the Star Ledger:

Landmark status gains for historic estate

The C. H. Huestis House, a 22-room shingle-style Queen Anne Victorian once threatened with demolition, is a step closer to designation as a local historic landmark.

Montclair's council voted unanimously Tuesday night to introduce an ordinance to designate the Duryea Road estate as historic, clearing the way for a Sept. 26 public hearing to give landmark status to a private residence for the first time.
In August, Montclair's planning board recommended the designation.

"The board recognizes the significance of this 1888 dwelling and agrees with the Historic Preservation Commission that it should receive landmark status," Karen Kadus, the town's director of planning and development, said in a letter announcing the decision.
The estate was first nominated amid fears that a developer intended to tear down the estate and erect two houses. The owner, Jim Van Note, is now expected to restore the estate, but the nomination -- the first the HPC has ever initiated on its own -- nevertheless invoked a 180-day moratorium against any demolition.


Blogger Richie said...

I drove down grove street last night past the old 'marlboro' in. I puked. Has anyone seen how sickly that new development looks? How out of character with montclair is that?!

9/16/2006 08:40:00 AM  
Blogger grim said...

"Christopher Court" or whatever they called that mess.

I would have preferred to see them turn the Marlboro Inn into condos.


9/16/2006 12:02:00 PM  

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