A Fixer Upper, But Those Views!

It is always refreshing, that moment of clarity. The National Park Service, perennially starved of money, is looking for private partners to help restore some Jersey Shore architectural gems. Sandy Hook, a spit of land in extreme northeastern Monmouth County between the Atlantic Ocean and Sandy Hook Bay, was known as Fort Hancock and served [...]

By |2013-11-20T05:37:41-04:00November 20th, 2013|Creativity, History, Preservation, Public-Private Partnerships, Waterfront|Comments Off on A Fixer Upper, But Those Views!

What Exactly are We Trying to Preserve?

Apropos of my recent post, A Better Way to Preserve Historic Properties, it came to my attention that many historic properties are donated. And that's good, right? Maybe not. While I don't doubt the generosity of the donors, most of these deals are burdensome in the long run, and probably should not be pursued by [...]

By |2013-07-08T09:03:28-04:00July 8th, 2013|Creativity, History, Preservation, Real Estate|Comments Off on What Exactly are We Trying to Preserve?

A Better Way to Preserve Historic Properties

My hometown of Little Silver bought the Parker Homestead some years ago, just a few doors down from my house. The homestead consists of a house and several barns. Preserving the historic site, which dates back to the 17th Century, was a pet project of our late Mayor, Suzanne Castleman. She and her husband Don [...]

By |2013-06-17T09:39:34-04:00June 17th, 2013|History, Preservation, Real Estate|Comments Off on A Better Way to Preserve Historic Properties