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Historians: Untouched Englewood Homes Testament To Preservation By Owners

Several Englewood homes are being recognized by the historical society.
Several Englewood homes are being recognized by the historical society. Photo Credit: Englewood Historical Society

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Several Englewood homes are being honored by the historical society as they've remained largely untouched since they were built in the 1890s.

The annual Awards Dinner will be on April 27 at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly.

The houses are located on Hillside and Palisade Avenues and Spring Lane, which altogether form a Victorian StreetScape.

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, the society said.

These more than 20 homes were 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, according to the EHS. 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," EHS co-presidents Charlotte Bennett Schoen and Irmari Nacht said.

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