Houses of Chatham

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    295 Main Street

    This house was once the home of Benjamin Pierson Lum Jr. the owner of the Lum Brickyard when he died in 1869.

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    91 Fairmount Ave.

    91 Fairmount Avenue under went renovations c.1929. This c.1930 photo shows the newly updated home. Most notably, the front and side verandas were removed.

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    99 Fairmount Ave.

    Older picture of 99 Fairmount Avenue.

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    202 Fairmount Ave.

     Ernest Culver Lum lived in the house at 202 Fairmount Ave. His mother Alice had the house built after her husband, Frederick Lum, died.

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    Grandma Kelly's house

    This house on Fairmount Avenue, near the municipal building, was once known as Grandma Kelly's boarding house.

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    Bonnell homestead

    The William Bonnell house at the corner of Watchung Ave. and River Rd., around 1890. By that date the owner was James T. Wagner, a member of the Chatham Borough Council, representing the "Stanley Section" of town. This building still stands (altered many times) and is currently occupied by a delicatessen.

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    "Kelley's Elbow"

    This part of Center Street was once known as Kelley's Elbow, after the Main Street store owner and second mayor of Chatham. Most of the houses pictured here, still stand.

  • A large part of our photo archives comprises images of the wide variety of houses in the Borough of Chatham. We attempt here to give you a sample of some of the many architectural styles you will find as you drive around our neighborhoods. Our Adopt-A-House program celebrates and the rich history of our housing stock.

    Jacob Morrell House

    Built about 1740, this house at 63 Main Street is currently occupied by a restaurant. General George Washington is believed to have stayed in the house for two or three days in late August 1781 while he marshaled his forces for the march to Yorktown, Virginia.

News & Events

Post date: November 6, 2017

It is probably safe to say that any resident of Chatham today will be familiar with the electric trains of New Jersey Transit that speed commuters to and from the city every day. Many Borough residents may not be aware that Chatham was at one time served by another form of electric railway - a trolley line that arrived, thrived, and died before the first electric train on the Morris & Essex Lines even ran.

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