Connolly & Hickey 

Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History
Boonton Township, New Jersey
Client: Historical Society of Boonton Township
Grant: Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund

Kincaid House
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Brief Historical Overview:
The Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History was built in several stages over a period of approximately one-hundred years. The first part, the south one-and-one-half story section was built by Anna and Adam Miller, Jr. in 1785. It was built in the Anglo-Dutch style as seen in its heavy timber frame with pegged, mortise-and-tenon joinery. Later, John Decker constructed the north one-and-one-half story section in 1837 with Greek Revival detailing. This part of the house was laid out in a Federal side hall plan. The kitchen addition occurred post-1850, evidence being that its framing appears to be vertically sawn and attached with cut nails. A distinctive feature of the house is the plaster in the front hall, which is finished with a unique technique of adding charcoal to the plaster during the curing process; it is a rare example of folk art in New Jersey. The Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

Scope of Services:
Connolly & Hickey helped the Society with the first phase project, partial exterior restoration and structural stabilization, which was completed in late 2006. This project included treatment for termites, restoration of exterior masonry foundation walls and finish carpentry components, and structural stabilization of the existing heavy timber framing. The second and third phase projects included completing the exterior restoration including restoration of the front porches, and interior restoration of the kitchen and dining room. Currently, Connolly & Hickey is working with the Historical Society on the fourth phase project, completing the interior restoration for museum and exhibition purposes and to serve as a community gathering space.

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