Connolly & Hickey 

The Oswald Nitschke House
Kenilworth, New Jersey
Client: Kenilworth Historical Society
Grants: New Jersey Historic Trust
Union County Historic Preservation Trust Fund

View of front elevation of the Oswald Nitschke House.
Credit: Memories TTL, LLC

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Brief Historical Overview:
The Nitschke House is a late-nineteenth century farmhouse once owned by Oswald Nitschke, one of the first mayors of Kenilworth, that evolved into an early-twentieth century multi-family dwelling. The building is historically significant as its history and evolution give evidence to Kenilworth's growth from a rural farming community to a suburb by the early-twentieth century. The building is in good condition and retains much of its historic fabric and architectural integrity from its last major modification in the early-twentieth century. The building was threatened by demolition as it occupied a prime commercial lot along Kenilworth's main thoroughfare, the Boulevard. Recognizing the home's significance, the latest owner donated the house to the Kenilworth Historical Society, who moved it onto a lot owned by the Kenilworth Veterans to make way for the new commercial building that was to be erected on the original site. The house was moved just a few hundred yards down the street from where it originally stood.

Scope of Services:
Connolly & Hickey prepared a Historic Preservation Plan for the property, which guided the Historical Society's phased work program for the building. The projects included exterior restoration and bringing utilities to the house, interior restoration and rehabilitation from the basement to the second floor level and an elevator addition to provide barrier-free access. The Society fundraised extensively for each phase of the project through generous donations from individuals, hosting of a variety of events and grants from the NJHT, Union County HPTF, Community Development Block Grants, the NJ Cultural Trust and private foundations.

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