Englewood Historical Society Honors a Victorian StreetScape
Englewood Historical Society Honors a Victorian StreetScape

Englewood Historical Society (EHS) is celebrating its 32th Annual Awards Dinner on April 27, 2017 at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly, New Jersey. This year, EHS is honoring several houses on Hillside and Palisade Avenues and Spring Lane which form a Victorian StreetScape of homes that are little changed from when they were built around the 1890's.

Each year EHS honors one or more buildings, individuals or groups which exemplify its mission of "outstanding achievement in restoration or preservation." By offering these awards the EHS hopes to encourage preservation, restoration, and adaptive use of Englewood's irreplaceable buildings. That these houses have remained mostly unchanged on the outside, while modernized on the inside, is a testament to smart preservation by the owners.

This is the first time EHS is honoring a StreetScape; these 20+ homes built between the late 1800's and early 1900's have a similar look about them. They are built in the Queen Anne style popular in Victorian era which includes asymmetrical facades, dominant front facing gable and porches, patterned (often fishscale texture) wood shingles, and decorative surface designs.

These were not the elaborate mansions of the men who called Englewood "the Bedroom of Wall Street", but the more modest homes of journalists, store owners, and manufacturers. One was also the starter home of lawyer Dwight Morrow and birthplace of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

"The city and the Englewood Historical Society will be placing signs above the regular street signs indicating that these houses form a neighborhood StreetScape, which will inform the public of the area's historic past," explained EHS co-presidents Charlotte Bennett Schoen and Irmari nacht.

The public is invited to attend the Awards Dinner which will begin at 6:00 pm for cocktails and 7:00 pm dinner and presentation on Thursday, April 27 at the Clinton Inn,145 Dean Drive, Tenafly, NJ. Tickets to the event ($75.) can be purchased by sending a check payable to the Englewood Historical Society to EHS c/o Natalie Beaumont, 68B Dwight Pl, Englewood, NJ 07631.

For further information call 201-567-8857.