Englewood Then and Now
100 Representative Homes in 1924 Englewood
Englewood, NJ has a rich heritage of historic homes that are in danger of being demolished for modern edifices. Englewood Historical Society presents this Then and Now project to increase public awareness as a visual reminder of the saving and losing of our city’s historical past.
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We were given copy of the 1924 Englewood Press pullout supplement, an oversize booklet that featured large pictures of 100 representative homes in Englewood. We have been taking photos of all of those 1924 houses and comparing them to what is existing now in 2018/19.
Surprisingly, although many are gone, there are more houses remaining than we expected ❦ for example, Mayor HVD Moore's Hamilton Avenue house looks exactly the same in 1924 and 2018. Faulkner's house on Tenafly Road looks much the same today, except that it is surrounded by the former Temple Emanuel, now the Korean Community Church (wonderful adaptive reuse). ❦ This exhibition illustrates that a century-old house need not be torn down and that through adaptive reuse or simple renovation, it can be an important and useful edifice in the present and future.
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The following pages show the 1924 house next to its present address. Finding the addresses for the old houses has been a challenge; the 1924 booklet had homeowner's names, but few house numbers (also the numbering system has changed in 100 years).
Then and Now Perfectly Preserved
Some houses are perfectly preserved... the 1924 occupant would have no trouble finding his house...
except when he went inside and found unimagined modern conveniences
Then and Now Well Preserved
Others have changed from brown shingles to stucco or colored siding, porches enclosed,
and shutters gone, but the house retains its “bones” and most of its architectural details
Then and Now Neighbors
Some streets became neighborhoods of similar style houses
Then and Now Demolished ...Gone
Some large properties were demolished and subdivided with several smaller houses,
making it difficult to find its present footprint…gone without a trace, except perhaps,
a stone entry pillar leading to a non-existent mansion
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Early maps give an amazing amount of information about the size, configuration of the house, its position on the lot, and the name of the owner. (See the 1922 Sandborn maps). we will input some maps for you
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Partially supported by the Bergen County
2020 History Grant Program for Special Projects
Research: Janine McKee, Irmari Nacht, Theresa Thomas
Photography: Irmari Nacht, Barbara Berger Brill
Scans: Tech Repro
Webpage Design: Jeremy Nacht
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Wonderful factoids and in-depth information about the houses and those who lived there can be found in xxxxx