Preservation

1970s-80s        Ongoing efforts to furnish the house and open it to the community.

1987                House placed on the New Jersey Register (27 July) and National Register (20 September) of Historic Places.

1988                A Preservation Plan was completed in conjunction with application for grant funding. Structural problems were noted in the first floor joists from insect infestation, dry rot, and inappropriate modifications. The house was closed to large groups.

1989                Friends of Collings-Knight House incorporated as a not-for-profit organization to oversee the preservation, interpretation, community use and educational programming of the house, and to carry out fundraising efforts to complete the structural stabilization. A matching grant from the Certified Local Government Program was received to complete drawings and specifications for the structural work.

1990                A Structural & Architectural Analysis was compiled as an update to the Preservation Plan. Objectives included chimney reconstruction, first floor structural reinforcement, repointing of exterior brick, wood repair and stabilization, restoration of exterior porches, and reroofing.

1991                Application for NJ Trust Bond Act Grant, Round 2: submitted, not obtained.

1992                Application for NJ Trust Grant submitted, not obtained. East chimney rebuilt and relined, funded by the Friends organization.

1993                Repairs to woodwork and rain collection systems funded by Friends organization.

1994                Structural restoration plans and specifications for first floor reinforcement funded by Friends organization.

1995                Structural stabilization of first floor completed; Collings-Knight House reopened for a Christmas Tour in December.

 
 
 
                                                    Workroom Bedchamber 
 
 
 
                                                Front Bedchamber