A Brilliant Architecture Program

The society hosted a well-attended spring program on April 2nd at the Library of the Chathams. Janet W. Foster, an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant, led a group of over 60 people through a wonderful presentation on the history late 19th Century American Architecture.

Using slides of beautiful homes depicting local, state and regional examples of different architectural expressions popular during the reign of Queen Victoria architecture (about 1840-1900), Foster provided the audience with a unique understanding of the many different styles during the time. She also clarified why calling a home “Victorian” neither dates it nor describes how it looks.

She also explained why historic homes have various types of roofs, gables, porches, wood or stone details, and much more.

It was an exciting, fast paced program. At the conclusion, Foster graciously fielded many questions and a lively discussion ensued. 

Photo: Janet Foster was welcomed by Amy Crandall, Vice President and board member Gerry Geisler 

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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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