Ford Faesch House
Morris County, NJ
Historical Society of Rockaway Township
Bryan Coward, Recreation Supervisor
Design Development, Bidding, Contract Documents, and Construction Phase Administration, Historic Structures Report Update
The Historic Ford Faesch House was constructed by Colonel Jacob Ford, Jr. around 1772 and is a fine example of the popular Georgian style architecture of the time. The Ford-Faesch House is significant for its association with John Jacob Faesch who leased the residence in 1772. Faesch, an ironmaster, had extensive iron ore holdings, charcoal-producing woodlands, and waterpower-driven furnaces and forges in the Morris County region, making him an important figure in the development of eighteenth-century industry and transportation in the region. His iron products were critical in Washington’s efforts during the Revolution.
Connolly & Hickey has assisted the Township and the Historical Society with multiple projects: preparation of an updated Historic Structure Report; multiple phases of exterior restoration; and restoration of the west wing which helped to restore the building to its late-18th century appearance, but also provides vital support space for Museum and Society operations.