Historic Preservation Plan – Morristown, NJ
Morris County Historical Society
Amy Curry, Director
Historic Preservation Plan, Contract Documents, Pre-Qualification, Bidding and Contract Administration
Acorn Hall, constructed in 1853 for Dr. John Peter Schermerhorn and his family, is situated on a large lot on Morris Avenue, which is a major artery to Morristown’s central business district. The three-story building exemplifies grand Italianate style architecture. The architectural tastes exemplified during the Victorian period were further expanded upon by Augustus Crane when he altered the original home beginning in the1860s. This expansion included not only the main house but also outbuildings supporting a small garden plot, orchard and animal husbandry on his nine-acre parcel. The ornate, full-width one-story verandah at the front and porch at the back were both reconfigured and the four-story tower, two-and-one-half story east wing and one-story north block were added to the main house. This historic structure has been little changed at both the interior and exterior since the 1860s.
Connolly & Hickey prepared a Historic Preservation Plan for Acorn Hall, including the carriage house, that examined the evolution of the buildings and their existing exterior and interior conditions, determined possible remedial actions, made recommendations for repair and upgrade and projected probable costs. The recommendations for Acorn Hall focus on preserving the building and maintaining the existing use. Connolly & Hickey also prepared an update to the National Register Nomination for Acorn Hall in order to expand the written history and the statement of significance. The Historical Society completed Phase I and II of the Exterior Restoration of Acorn Hall including repair of the gutters, a new slate roof, structural upgrades, and new metal roofs at the front and rear porches, and new interior storm sashes to improve the energy efficiency of the building. The latest phase included painting the exterior to reflect the late-19th century appearance including carpentry repairs, new glazing at the windows, porch repairs and related work items.