Commuter Area Survey

Background

The Upper Montclair Commuter Area was primarily built between 1900 and 1929 and exhibits several distinct phases of housing development intended to accommodate Montclair’s significant commuter population. The area consists of two-to-three story single-family houses with large front porches built in a variety of traditional styles, including Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Colonial Revival. Houses within the area are characterized by their medium-sized lots, front yards, and siting on wide streets. The primary architectural materials in the area are wood, brick, stucco, and synthetic siding.

Scope

The Township of Montclair has contracted Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects to perform a survey of approximately 400 of the total 614 properties contained within this district, which is identified in the Historic Preservation Element of the Township's Master Plan. In the future, the remainder of the properties will be surveyed and added as a supplement to the resulting report.

Click here to download a list of all properties in the Commuter Area.

Click here to download a list of properties to be surveyed in 2022.

Survey work will entail photographing and note taking from the public right-of-way, i.e. from the street or other public places (plazas, parks, etc.). Survey work is anticipated to be completed by early September 2022.

This effort is funded by a Certified Local Government Grant, administered by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office.

Maps

Commuter Area Properties  Commuter Area Survey Included Properties
The first map depicts the entirety of the Commuter Area Potential Historic District in the Historic Preservation Element of the Master Plan. The second map shows those properties to be included as part of the 2022 survey effort in blue, and those to be excluded for a future surveying effort in red.

Deliverables

At the end of this project, there will be a comprehensive report detailing the history of this neighborhood, along with individual surveys for each of the approximately 400 properties surveyed. A draft of this document is anticipated to be available for download on this web page in September 2022.

Next Steps

Once the report is completed, the Historic Preservation Commission will consider the report for adoption.

After the report is adopted, surveyed properties will be notated on the Township's Historic Inventory Viewer, with a link to each individual survey form.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Montclair Department of Planning & Community Development:

Tommy Scibilia, Assistant Planner
[email protected]
973-509-4955