Connolly & Hickey 

Henry Doremus House
Montville, New Jersey
Client: Township of Montville
Grant: Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund, Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Award: 2009 New Jersey Historic Preservation Office for the Restoration of the Henry Doremus House, Montville, NJ

Henry Doremus House
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Brief Historical Overview:
The Doremus House was constructed circa 1760 by Henry Doremus, a tanner and currier who lived in the house until circa 1782 when his brother Thomas occupied the house with his family. The house, which consisted of a frame building and a masonry structure, was expanded to include the east wing circa 1800. The frame building was removed in the mid-nineteenth century. The house is significant both as an example of a well-preserved Dutch stone residence and for its association with General George Washington during the American Revolution. The building retains a high degree of architectural integrity and has never received such amenities as heating, electricity or plumbing. Both the interior and exterior have been little changed since the late nineteenth century. Documentary evidence shows that Gen. Washington stayed at the Doremus House after the Battle of Springfield from June 25 to 26, 1780. The building is listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and was documented by the Historic American Building Survey (HABS).

Scope of Services:
The firm prepared the contract documents for the two-phased restoration of this historic house which included exterior stone masonry restoration and repointing, structural upgrades at the stone walls, fireplace hearth and second floor framing, restoration of the doors and windows, restoration of the wood shingle roof, repairing and painting the exterior finish carpentry, restoration of the jambless fireplace, and interior plaster and finishes at the first and garret levels. Our firm also administered the contract for construction for both phases of construction based on the contract documents.

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