County Historical Commission Looking To Recognize Important Buildings

Monmouth County Courthouse (New Jersey Judiciary)

FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its annual preservation awards program that recognizes the people behind local, building preservation projects.

“Residents and business people who do the work to preserve local structures and buildings deserve public praise and recognition,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Historical Commission. “The Historical Commission has a tradition of finding some historic gems in the community and acknowledging the people who make sure that we continue to remember our past.”

  Anyone, including a property owner, may nominate a structure that has historic value and has undergone preservation work that was substantially completed in 2016. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 7.

“Nominations may be made for a variety of building types,” said John Fabiano, executive director of the County Historical Commission. “Adaptive reuse projects as well as the preservation of private homes are eligible for recognition.”

Homes, business buildings, houses of worship, public buildings and other Monmouth County structures that are more than 50 years old are eligible for the award.

The nomination process is simple and entails the completion of a one-page application that can be downloaded from the County’s website at or by calling 732-431-7460, ext. 7413. Complete entry information is available on the Monmouth County website as well.

Completed applications should be mailed to Monmouth County Historical Commission, Hall of Records Annex, Second floor, Freehold, NJ 07728 by April 7.

Last year’s projects recognized the adaptive re-use of First Church of Christ in Red Bank, the, the restored Greek Colonial Revival Swanhurst Estate (c. 1896-1899) in Spring Lake and the restored Neptune Hose Co. No. 1 in Long Branch.