Preservation Awards

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission conducts the Preservation Awards to highlight significant individuals, development projects and other historic preservation activity in the Township of Montclair.

The Preservation Awards are typically awarded in May, which is proclaimed as Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Preservation Awards.  At the link below, please find the Nomination form for download and completion. 

Awards are presented in one of three different categories:

  • Bricks & Mortar Preservation Award: This award recognizes excellence in the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, interpretation of architectural features and compatible design in new construction, and adaptive reuse of historic structures. Judging standards include architectural integrity and compatibility, successful adaptation or continued use of a historic structure, quality of construction, craftsmanship, and/or technical excellence.  This award is presented separately to both residential and non-residential projects.
  • Preservation Service Award: This award recognizes outstanding achievement in and support for furthering the aims of historic preservation in Montclair Township, including research, development, planning, advocacy, and local community leadership. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are eligible. All nominated individuals must live or work in Montclair. 
  • Preservationist of the Year Award: This award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the better understanding of the Township’s history and to the preservation of Montclair’s historic architectural fabric. The individual will be recognized for furthering public education of the town’s history and promoting its historic preservation through major projects, undertakings, offices or positions held, and the duration of the nominee’s significant accomplishments.

Please return all completed forms by Monday April 30, 2018.  Forms may be returned by email to or by mail/in-person to the Department of Planning & Community Development

Please direct any questions to the Department of Planning & Community Development.

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients

Bricks & Mortar Preservation Award

  • The Deron School was recognized for their work on the former Grove Street School building and grounds at 130 Grove Street.
  • Willow Street Partners & Sionas Architecture were recognized for their rehabilitation and restoration of the former Inspection Station building, located at 16 Label Street.
  • St. James Episcopal Church and its team were recognized for the restoration of the Bell Tower at St. James Episcopal Church at 581 Valley Road in Upper Montclair.

Preservationist of the Year Award

  • Mr. Michael Farrelly, Trustee of the Montclair History Center and Township Historian, was recognized for his passion for history, thorough and detail-oriented research, and generosity in furthering public education of the town’s history and promoting its historic preservation.

2015 Award Recipients

Bricks & Mortar Preservation Award (Non-Residential)

  • The Montclair Historical Society was recognized for their efforts to rehabilitate the Crane House & Historic YWCA, located at 110 Orange Road
  • Notchwood, LLC was recognized for their redevelopment work of the Upper Montclair Train Station

Bricks & Mortar Preservation Award (Residential)

  • Goran & Selma Avdicevic and Classics Reborn were recognized for their efforts to restore the porch of the Harry Fenn House located at 208 North Mountain Avenue.

Preservation Service Award

  • The Montclair Garden Club was recognized for their continued efforts to maintain and protect the Avis Campbell Memorial Garden, located behind the Social Services Building at 60 South Fullerton Avenue

Preservationist of the Year Award

  • Mr. William Fischer, local historian and former Local History and Community Information Supervisor the Montclair Public Library, was recognized for his commitment to preserve and share Montclair’s history
  • Dr. Susan Nowicki was recognized for her dissertation entitled “Montclair, New Jersey: the development of a suburban town and its architecture” which was published by the City University of New York.
  • Mr. Frank Godlewski was recognized for his efforts to host events and promote the historic fabric of Montclair.