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A Historic Site Master Plan, prepared in May 2006 by the firm, provides a comprehensive plan for the use and interpretation of the house including expanding the facility to provide improved visitor services and a new Education Wing. The Metlar/Bodine Historic House Museum has become a premiere regional museum that examines the history and evolution of transportation in the region guided by the Interpretive Plan, "From Indian Trail to Interstate," as developed by the Fellowship for the Metlar House.
In 2003, the house experienced a fire in its 1870s section that significantly damaged four of the first and second floor rooms, the exterior siding, windows and doors as well as the roof and roof framing. Residual damage included extensive smoke and water damage to the interior and exterior finishes and the existing heating system. The fire also compromised the existing electrical system. Restoration of the building after the fire was broken into two phases. The first phase entailed the restoration of the exterior envelope including structural wall and roof framing repair and replacement, a new wood shingle roof and restoration of the exterior siding, windows and doors. This work was completed in January 2005. The second phase focused on the restoration of the interior finishes and features and upgrades to the existing electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems so that all systems meet current code requirements for occupancy, and life and fire safety. This work was completed in 2007. Both projects were administered and funded by the Division of Natural and Historic Resources of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Following this restoration work, the Township restored the front and side porches, the brackets at the roof cornice and the window shutters so the building reflects its late-nineteenth century appearance. Connolly & Hickey designed the most recently complete phase of the project which rehabilitated the existing garage to house accessible restrooms and museum support space, and to add a small addition that bridged the garage to the main house and houses additional visitor services and an accessible entrance.
The Fellowship is currently raising the funds for the proposed Education Wing which will house additional program and museum space as well as the Ross Hall Wall. Visit http://www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org to learn more about the museum.