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New Construction In Historic Settings—What’s the Right Approach?

Join the Historical Society for a salon on compatibility of new construction with existing buildings.

What IS that in the attached photo? A church? Under another building? 

On Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., members of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society will see and discuss this and similar photos at the second program in the society's Architect's Salon Series. Local architect James Weill will explore architectural and urban design examples from our community and from around the world that have used different approaches to address this challenge of approaching new construction in an historic setting:

  • Do you exactly match new construction to surrounding homes/buildings?
  • Do you pick up only certain elements?
  • Do you create something entirely different? 

The various viewpoints on this issue that architects, planners, politicians, historic preservation commissions and project neighbors have will be discussed. A lively discussion with the audience will be encouraged.

The lecture will be in a beautiful and very historic home in the Wyoming area, which has a very compatible addition to that charming Joy Wheeler Dow house. Space is limited, so please call the society at 973-564-9519 for reservations and the location.

Non-members are invited to join the society in order to take advantage of programs such as the Architect's Salon Series, or the upcoming June program on tracing your roots through DNA testing, with renowned genealogist Megan Smolenyak. Megan appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Early Show, CNN, NPR and BBC. In addition to consulting on shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? and Top Chef, she is the author of six books, a Huffington Post contributor, a cold case researcher for the Army, NCIS and the FBI, and former Chief Family Historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.com. 

Please visit the historical society's web site for membership information by clicking here or call the museum at 973-564-9519.

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