Westwood Historic Preservation Commission

Westwood Historic Preservation Commission Westwood HPC is responsible for identifying and preserving the architectural history of our borough through public education, research, & site designation.

It’s National Preservation Month! What’s the point of historic preservation anyway? 🤔 Here’s one philosophy we can get b...
05/12/2021

It’s National Preservation Month! What’s the point of historic preservation anyway? 🤔 Here’s one philosophy we can get behind!

#thisplacematters #westwoodnj

If our mood can be affected by momentarily visiting a place, imagine how that same place can shape a person over a lifetime.

Preservation isn’t about house museums and building huggers and what vice president slept where. It’s about upholding standards. It’s about recognizing those that came before us. It’s about honoring quality materials and craftsmanship. It’s about tourism, real estate values and a strong tax base. It’s about beauty and being marketable. It’s about having space to attract successful, well run businesses. It’s about fostering a sense of civic pride.

- Jeff Siegler, Revitalize, or Die.

Rainy Sunday afternoons were made for taking in a bit of local history! Check it out 1-4pm in nearby Park Ridge!
04/25/2021

Rainy Sunday afternoons were made for taking in a bit of local history! Check it out 1-4pm in nearby Park Ridge!

Happy Easter!
04/04/2021

Happy Easter!

04/02/2021

September 1, 1928 ad for "Bergen County's most beautiful theater." Come see the five "big time" vaudeville acts!

Photos from Celebrate Westwood's post
04/02/2021

Photos from Celebrate Westwood's post

We learned a lot from this article! What surprised you?
03/12/2021
Autumn Years Spring 2021 Page 44

We learned a lot from this article! What surprised you?

They’re from Bergen Given its proximity to New York City, Bergen County has long been home to famous people. Also among local residents are many who are noteworthy but not well known. You may recognize some by name; many remain anonymous while their inventions have won acclaim. For others, their a...

Winters in Westwood
02/17/2021

Winters in Westwood

Ice skating on Bogert's Mill Pond in Westwood c.1900

Photos from Celebrate Westwood's post
02/08/2021

Photos from Celebrate Westwood's post

Check out this rare photo. Westwood has always been a dining destination! Celebrate Westwood #dinethehub Thanks for shar...
02/05/2021

Check out this rare photo. Westwood has always been a dining destination!

Celebrate Westwood #dinethehub

Thanks for sharing, Tim!

Oldest known clear photo of a diner in Bergen County. This “Quick Lunch” establishment was standing in Westwood on Washington Avenue (in what is now Veteran’s Memorial Park, due south of today’s Iron Horse Restaurant). Although technically not a permanent structure, small steps led to a door on the (visible) side where patrons would enter. The food preparation area and counter were at one end, there the cook/server would be able to serve customers inside, and through a side window to those outside. The only room inside to sit would be stools tight against the walls where a shelf about 8 inches wide served as the dining counter. Intricate decorative designs and stained-glass colored windows were common. This photo is likely c. 1902.

Hmmm 🤔 what do you think about this mantra? We’ve got some beauties in Westwood.
01/26/2021

Hmmm 🤔 what do you think about this mantra? We’ve got some beauties in Westwood.

There is no bigger billboard than your downtown, and its condition broadcasts who you are and what you value as a community.

Your historic buildings are the best reflection of the people who call your community home.

What does your downtown say about you?

Check this out!
01/24/2021

Check this out!

Check out this airing of nearby New Bridge Landing historic sites! Details below for times & local channels. Which Westw...
01/20/2021

Check out this airing of nearby New Bridge Landing historic sites! Details below for times & local channels.

Which Westwood historic sites would you love to know more about? 🤔

#explorethehub

The Bergen County Historical Society has graciously allowed WCTV to air their tour of the New Bridge Landing in River Edge. It is scheduled for Optimum channel 76 at 7 p.m. Tuesdays 1/26, 2/2 and 2/9; and FiOS channel 24 at 12 noon on Fridays 1/22, 1/29 and 2/5, as well as 8 p.m. 1/22 and 2/5; and at 8:30 p.m. 1/29.

Westwood Heritage Society
01/05/2021

Westwood Heritage Society

Looking back at Westwood ca. 1940.
Gerry De La Ree photo collection.

You know who’s got an awesome perspective on the changes a neighborhood has seen over time? Your mailman!
01/02/2021
Westwood Mayor Ray Arroyo

You know who’s got an awesome perspective on the changes a neighborhood has seen over time? Your mailman!

Westwood resident Ted Meisten has delivered our mail since Jo Ann and I moved into our home on Carolyn St. in 1993.

He’d been at it for 23 years before that, beginning his career circa 1970 .

Tomorrow, after 50 years of service to the US Postal Service, and 48 years on the exact same neighborhood route, Ted will make his final mail drops, a victory lap of sorts; and then he will begin his well-earned retirement.

In 2013 the fiscal condition of the US Postal Service was dire. Competition from DHL and other private carriers severely undercut USPS bottom line. There was talk of draconian budget cuts including the elimination of home delivery services.

It was against this backdrop that I wrote the letter below, about our Ted. It was published in the Bergen Record, in August of 2013.

Home delivery was eventually spared the chopping block, so we had Ted for another seven years.

I avoided missing him then. But I’m sure going to miss him now, as he rides off into the sunset. Pony or no pony.

Good luck Ted!

Thanks for the conversations and insights…the good news and the bad.

But most of all … thanks for the fond memories.

Ray Arroyo
Westwood Mayor

*** To share this video and congratulations to Ted, be sure to click the carrot icon (^) that displays in the upper right corner after you click “Share.” Select “Include Original Post.”

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Through Rain, Sleet, Snow and Fiscal Death Spiral

To the editor:

I work in Manhattan, so I only see my postman on Saturdays. I know he's coming because the dog goes ballistic. He's not much of a dog. But, pound for pound, his bark has ant like strength. Unfortunately he's a dog, not an ant.

I usually wait for Ted on my porch as he traverses the park with his sack of mail. He checks each piece before handing it over; and then he and I check in on current events. And town goings on. Everyone talks to Ted. He's got a stoic, weathered face, chiseled from all that rain, sleet and snow; and a trustworthiness, grounded in his observable work ethic.

Ted is a sounding board familiar with the pulse of the town. He's happy to give you a straightforward answer to a particular question, or just shoot the breeze: dealer's choice.

Ted carries paper messages from the hinterlands (mostly bills, and warnings to "repent" or buy gold (or both) before it’s too late!); this while the NSA is data mining "the matrix".... from Area 51. His trade, in the age of instant messaging, seems like a quaint anachronism - like the Pony Express.

So, when I read about the Post Office possibly ending home delivery, the thing I will miss most has nothing to do with the mail I receive. It’s yet another lost opportunity for pleasant social interactions that seem too few, and far between, these hurried days.

“Home sweet home” has become a digitized, compartmentalized, sometimes lonely redoubt. Being on Ted's route, these past 20 years, has made ours less so.

And had he arrived each Saturday on a pony ... I'd probably miss the pony too.

Ray Arroyo
Westwood NJ

https://youtu.be/1HWWWFAhBsM

Celebrate Westwood
12/16/2020
Celebrate Westwood

Celebrate Westwood

Making a snowman tomorrow? Snap a pic and share it with Westwood Recreation! Head over to their page for details about how to enter! #celebratewestwood #explorethehub Westwood Historic Preservation Commission

Main Street America
12/14/2020

Main Street America

This holiday season, be sure to shop local! Your support this holiday season ensures that your favorite small businesses will still be here for 2021.

Pass it on!

‍🎨: American Booksellers Association

#SupportLocalSafely #HolidayShopping #MainStreetAmerica #shoplocal #shopsmall

Who loves historic downtowns? 🙋🏽‍♂️🙋‍♀️🙋🏻
12/09/2020

Who loves historic downtowns? 🙋🏽‍♂️🙋‍♀️🙋🏻

DID YOU KNOW: Downtown Westwood has 71 individual, historic buildings lining its central business district? That means you can enjoy open air strolling between shops & dining! Hat on, mask up, and get out on the Avenues! #explorethehub #shopthehub #dinethehub

PS: Find a list of these historic building, self guided tours, and more through the @Westwood Historic Preservation Commission!

Westwood Heritage Society
12/05/2020

Westwood Heritage Society

Though you might like to see last year's Home for the Holiday's Parade!

Who here has steam radiators? 🙋‍♀️ Did you know they have significant health benefits? #themoreyouknow!
11/17/2020
Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon

Who here has steam radiators? 🙋‍♀️ Did you know they have significant health benefits? #themoreyouknow!

Turn-of-the-century faith in ventilation to combat disease pushed engineers to design steam heating systems that still overheat apartments today.

🇺🇸  To all our veterans, thank you. 🇺🇸
11/11/2020

🇺🇸 To all our veterans, thank you. 🇺🇸

Do you live or work in or near a historic building? Survey says many Americans prefer spending time surrounded by buildi...
10/29/2020
Preservation New Jersey

Do you live or work in or near a historic building? Survey says many Americans prefer spending time surrounded by buildings for their history, character, uniqueness, and so much more!

Nearly 50 percent of Millennials said they prefer living and shopping in neighborhoods with historic buildings, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Read for this stat & info on new American Buildings podcast featuring several #NJ bldgs here via Jersey Digs.

Westwood Heritage Society
10/28/2020

Westwood Heritage Society

Presidential campaign 1880. Westwood House banner supports Democratic ticket of Civil War General Winfred S. Hancock against Republican James A. Garfield. Garfield won the election and was inaugurated March 4, 1881. He only served 100 days when he was assassinated on September 19, 1881. His Vice President Chester A. Arthur became president.

Pascack Historical Society
10/19/2020

Pascack Historical Society

The Pascack Historical Society opened its doors for a private tour for the Pascack Valley Mayors Association this week. We hosted officials from Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale, Old Tappan, Oradell, Park Ridge, Washington Township, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake.

While the museum's home is in Park Ridge, our collection preserves the history of all the Pascack Valley towns. Each mayor got a chance to see some special artifacts hailing from his or her community, in addition to viewing all the regular exhibits and our special display on the suffrage movement in the Pascack Valley (on through Nov. 15). It was a wonderful and memorable evening at PHS.

10/11/2020
Bergen County Camera

Bergen County Camera

From your grandparent’s newspaper clippings to your mother’s pie recipe – most paper materials can become part of your digital legacy. Vintage print materials are often in a fragile state, so our technicians use a flatbed scanner to digitize without causing further damage. Old letters and documents often make a great addition to a family slideshow or genealogy project. #digitizethedocuments #digitizedhistory #genealogyproject http://bergencountycamera.com/?gclid

Welcome to Westwood! The Hub of the Pascack Valley!
10/04/2020

Welcome to Westwood! The Hub of the Pascack Valley!

'Welcome to Westwood' Signs Return

Long time residents of the Borough of Westwood will remember the signs that
welcomed visitors to the borough, and beckoned them to return again when they
departed.

Unfortunately, with the passage of time these 'Welcome' signs disappeared from
the road side of the streets leading into Westwood. However, during the last
few years the Westwood Heritage Society has undertaken a search for the
missing signs and was able to acquire two of the original signs.

These two signs were refurbished and reinstalled at two of the enterances to
the borough. One sign can be seen by north bound traffic entering the borough
via Kinderkamack Road, and the other sign greets west bound traffic entering
via Harrington Avenue.

Photograph provided by the Westwood Heritage Society

Got plans today? Check this out! M
09/20/2020

Got plans today? Check this out! M

Who’s up for a historical game of “spot the differences” on this rainy Saturday?! The more you look, the more you may re...
08/29/2020

Who’s up for a historical game of “spot the differences” on this rainy Saturday?! The more you look, the more you may realize how things have actually stayed the same!

Now & Then! The Ridge Realtor wows again with his birdseye view of #westwoodnj in August 2020! Scroll to see a similar angle cropped from the 1924 print “Aeroview of Westwood New Jersey,” by Rene Cinquin of Hughes & Cinquin of Brooklyn! #explorethehub #bergencountyrealestate #pascackvalley #townshipofwashingtonnj #townshipofwashington #emersonnj #hillsdalenj #shoplocal #newjerseysmallbusiness #njtransit #historicpreservation #downtown #dronephotography

Who knows what’s in these building now?! Side by side pics, anyone? 😍
08/24/2020

Who knows what’s in these building now?! Side by side pics, anyone? 😍

Westwood Avenue ca. 1910 written on back. could be later.

Celebrate Westwood
08/19/2020

Celebrate Westwood

🎭 Missing live theatre? 🎭 We're bringing a little bit to you on Saturday, September 12 at 7pm with "Broadway Sings America!" 🇺🇸

This musical review features Westwood stars and Bergen County Players presenting some of Broadway's greatest tunes safely, outside, at the historic Westwood Bandstand! Mark your calendars!

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Free Public Library. #explorethehub #CelebrateWestwood #WeAreWestwood

Rainy pandemic day... what’s history buff to do?! Check this out, of course! Masking and occupancy caps will be observed...
08/16/2020

Rainy pandemic day... what’s history buff to do?! Check this out, of course! Masking and occupancy caps will be observed.

TOMORROW IS THE DAY! We officially reopen Sunday, Aug. 16 from 1-4 p.m. Here are a few teasers from our new exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. Drop by any Sunday afternoon to see it.

EAGLE SCOUT FUNDRAISER (for the Historic Westwood Train Station)TYLER GEHRINGERWESTWOOD TROOP 350My Eagle Scout Project ...
08/14/2020
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EAGLE SCOUT FUNDRAISER (for the Historic Westwood Train Station)

TYLER GEHRINGER

WESTWOOD TROOP 350

My Eagle Scout Project is to restore parts of the Westwood Train Station and all the signage at Veterans Park. I will be refinishing all the doors on the building of the train station as well as cleaning all the windows, sidewalks and inside of the building [...]. I will also be restoring and repainting all of the signs at Veterans Park, where the 9/11 Memorial is located for our town’s family members, in time for the 9/11 Ceremony.

My goal is to raise $2,600.00 for my project. I am selling American Flags and my hope is to have every lawn in Westwood displaying a flag to honor and remember those members of our town and their families for this year’s 9/11 ceremony.

By purchasing a flag, you will help me with my fundraising for my Eagle Project that will in turn honor our 9/11 families and restore our town’s train station and Veteran’s Park signs where the 9/11 Memorial is located and many other memorials for our town’s Veterans.

To support my project please:

Email me at: [email protected] - to have a flag delivered to you, payment will be accepted in cash or please make checks payable to Westwood Troop 350 at time of flag delivery (Donations also accepted)

PayPal: paypal.me/TylerGehringerEagle

Venmo: @TylerGehringerEagle

When donating please include your name, address, phone number and number of flags you would like to purchase. Flags will be delivered by a Scout and should be displayed on your lawn between 9/4 – 9/12.

12" x 18" Poly-Cotton American Stick Flags
1 for $10
3 for $25

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING MY EAGLE PROJECT!
LET’S HONOR OUR 9/11 FAMILIES TOGETHER AND COVER WESTWOOD IN AMERICAN FLAGS THIS YEAR!!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!

Go to paypal.me/TylerGehringerEagle and type in the amount. Since it’s PayPal, it's easy and secure. Don’t have a PayPal account? No worries.

Check it out!
08/11/2020

Check it out!

We are so excited to announce that we're back this Sunday from 1-4 p.m.! After months closed due to the pandemic, we are now planning to be open weekly on Sundays. Drop by to say hello! We have a brand new exhibit, "THEIR WORLD: Woman Suffrage in the Pascack Valley." As we reach the 100th anniversary of women gaining (or should we say, regaining) the right to vote, we explore the suffrage movement from a Pascack Valley perspective. We look forward to seeing you!

We’ve been missing the Westwood Museum over these last few months. Click through for a sample of their unique archives!
08/02/2020

We’ve been missing the Westwood Museum over these last few months. Click through for a sample of their unique archives!

1939-1940 This is what Westwood looked like. Photos were taken by Gerry Dela Ree when he was a student at Westwood High school.

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101 Washington Ave
Westwood, NJ
07675

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Meet the Westwood HPC

Since 2008, appointed members of the Westwood Historic Preservation Commission have identified structures that merit recognition and have promoted historic preservation through community advisement and education in fulfillment of the Borough’s historic preservation ordinance.

Over 100 structures in the Borough have been identified as having historic importance and five properties along the south side of Jefferson Ave have been designated as part of the Jefferson Ave Historic District. The Westwood Train Station was added to the NJ Register of Historic Places in 2018 and the commission has submitted the application for consideration to the National Register. Westwood’s historic architecture reflects over 125 years of our community’s development as the Hub of the Pascack Valley.

The commission meets monthly at the Westwood Borough Hall. Please see www.westwoodnj.gov for more information on our open, public meetings or to get involved.

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The Bergen Record on July 8, 1921 published this story. Is anyone aware that Richard W. O'Neill lived in Westwood when he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_W._O%27Neill
September 1, 1928 ad for "Bergen County's most beautiful theater." Come see the five "big time" vaudeville acts!
Ice skating on Bogert's Mill Pond in Westwood c.1900
Oldest known clear photo of a diner in Bergen County. This “Quick Lunch” establishment was standing in Westwood on Washington Avenue (in what is now Veteran’s Memorial Park, due south of today’s Iron Horse Restaurant). Although technically not a permanent structure, small steps led to a door on the (visible) side where patrons would enter. The food preparation area and counter were at one end, there the cook/server would be able to serve customers inside, and through a side window to those outside. The only room inside to sit would be stools tight against the walls where a shelf about 8 inches wide served as the dining counter. Intricate decorative designs and stained-glass colored windows were common. This photo is likely c. 1902.
This was a pamphlet given out when the Pascack theater reopened after the 4 screen renovation on December 20th, 1985.
May be a shot in the dark but anyone know of a Henry C. Borger? Or family related? We found this about 8 inches down in our backyard. I believe he may have been the first home owner of our home in Westwood, around the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. Would be nice to be able to give this to a surviving family member. I’m not even sure what it is exactly? A dog tag possibly??
Hailstones the size of oranges fell in Westwood on July 4, 1874.
Westwood Police and Fire Department, 1939.
The H. Vanderbilt House said to have been built in 1805. Evidence shown on the 1861 Hopkins-Corey Map indicates it stood on the South East corner of 2nd Ave. and Mill St. Said to have been torn down by Martian West in 1906.
Historic Westwood! The J. A. Demarest House once stood on what is now the site of the Berkeley School property. Harrington Avenue is visible behind the house. In 1876 this was known as the A. A. Post House. The Musquapsink Brook is the body of water shown in the image. Interestingly the location on the 1840 Coast Survey map shows neither the house or the road.
Westwood in 1833. Back when it was a nameless part of Harington Township. (The mills are indicated with a "paddle wheel.")