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Tenafly Homeowners Honor Historic Homes With Centennial Plaque

Karen Neus lives in a home built in 1873 Photo Credit: Karen Neus
Seven homeowners have plaques displayed on their homes Photo Credit: Courtesy of Karen Neus
"Homeowners can show pride" by ordering a plaque, Paul Stefanowicz said. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Stefanowicz
A sample of the plaque that home or business owners can order. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tenafly Historic Preservation Commission

TENAFLY, N.J.– Tenafly's Historic Preservation Commission re-launched a program to create awareness of historic preservation for older buildings and structures in the borough.

"We call it a centennial plaque because initially the HPC wanted to acknowledge those homes of approximately 100 years old," said HPC chairperson Karen Neus. "The rule is not hard and fast, as even a 95 year old home in 2016 will soon be a true centennial home."

Home or business owners can order a 10-inch-wide, 7-inch tall-brass oval plaque – coated with a red oxide finish – denoting the year their place was built.

Seven plaques have already been installed:

  • 168 Serpentine Road
  • 210 Hickory Ave.
  • 15 Park Street
  • 15 and 28 Norman Place
  • 330 Engle Street
  • 170 Thatcher Road

The addresses are not featured on the plaque, which cost $225 and take roughly eight weeks to complete.

"This was a team effort by the HPC," said Councilman Paul Stefanowicz, the governing body's liaison to the organization. "It was a combination of outreach and building owners being able to show pride that their home or building has been part of the character of the town for so long."

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