MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

 

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

            A special workshop meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission was held in Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on January 29, 2008 beginning at 7:30 pm.

 

STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE

            Pursuant of the Sunshine Law, adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-5) was provided of this meeting’s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER

            Roll call was performed. With a quorum present Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order. 

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Diane Stasi, Harry Williams and Chairwoman Bobbie Marlowe were present.  Record will reflect that Alana Stops and Wayne Girardet contacted secretary stating that they would be unable to attend this meeting.

 

WORKSHOP DISCUSSION

            Gail Hunton was present to discuss the Guidelines.  Gail stated that the Historic District map was beautiful, but feels that the lines to delineate should be just a bit darker for ease of reading.  She could try to enlarge the map but this would make a big difference.  This map is for general reference.  Usually the applicant would verify if their property is within the Historic District or Buffer Zone.  Secretary will check if a map with darker lines can be had. 

A couple typing errors were found and will be corrected. There photos of homes decorated seasonally throughout the Design Guidelines (DG), which should be replaced.  Several homes are repeated throughout different sections.  It was expressed that replacing them with different but appropriate buildings be used.  Diane and Linda supplied photos of buildings that have not been used, but could fit into the DG in several sections.

HPC Certificate of Approval For Your Project, Page 3, should refer to the historic preservation ordinance in addition to the Design Guidelines (DG). 

            Page 4, Bobbie questioned why the first letters of all words in the first sentence were capitalized.  Gail explained that these serve as sub-titles, but will bold them so they will standout.

Cranbury’s Historic Buildings; Page 5, Diane suggested that A. S. Cole, which was originally a furniture store, be placed in the Shops and Stores (pg.11) section and suggested that replacement photos of either the American Hotel or Cranbury Inn be used.  In addition, A. S. Cole worked with HPAC, paying attention to materials and details when repairs were performed to the exterior years ago.  A suitable building for this section is the original fire house located on Maplewood Avenue. 

Village Vernacular, Page 8; a repeated photo will be switched for another fitting photo.  Page 9; Gail feels that a South Main Street tin roof home would be a good addition to this section  Bobbie suggested that a recently renovated house on Maplewood Ave for this section.

Shops and Stores, Page 11; this section addresses buildings that have been constructed as shops or stores.  Diane feels that the store front (55 North Main Street) should not be featured due to the amount of vinyl siding and suggested that the 33 North Main be featured.  Bobbie is not in favor of 33 North Main because of the extensive alterations.  Harry agreed with this reason.  Gail agreed that the store front (55 North Main St.) is in need of work, however old, but there is potential here.  She is hard pressed to say that there are any shops that are perfect.  Bobbie suggested the decorator shop (corner of No. Main and W. Park Pl.) be considered. 

Gothic Revival, Page 15; the photo of board and batten siding structure at 6 Bunker Hill is not complimentary. Perhaps a different photo of this structure might work.  After review of the file photos, it is obvious that this structure was extensively reworked with moving of the door entrance and window openings.  Diane presented a photo taken today of the 61 Maplewood Ave.  Gail quickly reviewed the photo and feels that a window has been altered. 

Victorian Vernacular, Page 16; the house at 6 Maplewood Avenue was recently renovated and should be included.

Italianate, Page 17; Gail would like to move the smaller photo because the details are lost.  There are many structure examples in town but due to the materials used are not candidates.

Queen Anne, Page 19, 93 North Main Street has made an appearance in the front of the DG within a cluster of photos but was agreed to be removed.  It appears again on page 43. The photo on page 19 will remain. 

Period Revival, Page 21, the angle of the house on Bunker Hill is not flattering.  Another angle or substitute a drawing would be suitable options.

            Craftsman, Page 22, there are many great examples of dwellings that can be used here.  HPC suggested that an illustration be inserted to serve as a classic model.

            Foursquare, Page 23, HPC would like to include photos 55 South Main St., 88 North Main St., and 9 Prospect Street. 

            Barns, Page 24, Diane suggested adding ‘carriage houses’ into the paragraph.  HPC likes the way this page presented.

            Additions and New Construction, Page 29, the drawing color is off.  Gail will have this reset which will enhance the color and lines.

            Exterior Materials, Page 30, the photos of both brick structures will be replaced with different contrasting exterior material photos.  Bobbie suggested a photo of 54 South Main Street.  This structure is made of stucco.   Page 30, close up of clapboard, decorative shingles and brick are good examples for this page. 

            Roofs, Page 33, HPC likes the photo and the way Gail identified the elements.  Page 34, Slate, shingle, tile, metal roof and a dormer will be included.  Several roofs with different materials were identified.  A metal roof located on Maplewood Avenue is a good example.   

            Windows, Page 36, Diane would like to include ‘bay window’ in #5.  Diane asked about the Wood Window Replacement block.  This information was paraphrased from a document that Gail has.  HPC feels if this block contained where it was taken from will offer credibility. 

            Doors, Page 37, Diane questioned if one photo contained an original door.  Gail stated that the glass and panel doors were popular in the early 20th century.  She stated that it does not contain the original wood stoop, so this photo will not be used.  Suggestions of 17 South Main, 17 and 19 North Main Street were made.

            Porches, Page 39, Gail feels that one photo with lots of trim should be moved to the Trim section.  She will find a suitable replacement. 

            Trim, Page 40, Gail noticed that ‘turned work’ drawing was inserted into this section but belongs elsewhere. HPC likes the close up shots of trim.

Storefronts, Page 41, one drawing on this page has been used in the DG.  Gail will change out this drawing for another.

Many of the homes in Cranbury overlap in style.  This allows the opportunity for photos to be repositioned, resized or even removed to be used elsewhere in the DG.  Gail would like to include a contractor performing a type of restoration work.  She asked if anyone is aware of such work to please inform her.  Gail asked Harry about the window section that he suggested to edit with numbers.  She pointed out that Harry was correct about the readability in this format but if the numbers were to be removed at this stage, the layout can throw the alignment off altering the DG from this point.

            A question was raised about copyright concerns, can HPC change out the photos without having to go through Gail.  Gail will supply this document on cd in pdf Quark express format.  Gail said that government does not like consultants to copyright the materials because the town pays for this service and essentially it belongs to them.  Usually an agreement is made, so should there be a change of photo, just ask Gail to perform this task. Her name is on the document and does not want to pose a problem.  She asked what HPC might anticipate.  HPC responded, for instance, in the future perhaps jurisdiction may change so updates to that section in the DG would need to be made.  Gail will write a letter stating that she would like to re-photo and supply the photo changes at no additional charge.  By February 8th, as many photos as possible will be made.  The ones that cannot be changed at this time will be updated by mid-spring.  The items that need attention will be given priority so this document does not change after the DG issue is closed.

            Copies of photos that were taken today along with their location address were given to Gail so she may easily identify.  They include the American Hotel on Scott Avenue; 15 Bunker Hill; 1, 6, 19, 23, 30, 33, 82, 84, 88, and 165 North Main Street; 13, 17, and 55 South Main Street;  6, 10, 56, 60, and 61 Maplewood Avenue; 5 and 9 Prospect Street; 40 Station Road.  These photos are great examples of Cranbury’s architecture that can be appropriately inserted into the DG.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Harry Williams and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned.

 

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

            I, undersigned, do hereby certify;

 

            That I am duly acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission and,

            That the foregoing minutes of the Historic Preservation Commission, held on January 29, 2008 consisting of 3 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.

            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto do subscribe, my name of said Historic Preservation Commission this February 19, 2008.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Recording Secretary