Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Preservation Potentials: 57 E. Centre St.


Attention: Victorian House Lovers, Steampunks, Anglophiles, and fellow appreciators of all things antique! I'm not sure old-house hunters outside the immediate area realize the unique architectural offerings Woodbury, NJ has in store. In some cases these houses will require a little creativity to restore them to their former glory, but most will have retained a large semblance of the magnificent days of English-inspired American architecture, for a fraction of the cost found in other areas.

Looking for a circa 1889 Victorian on a lovely street? This 5 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom appears to be in nice shape. Externally, the building retains some of its original charm such as arched window details and corbelled roof trim; however it does "suffer" from the closed-in porch treatment. Internally, judging from the photos from the listing HERE, the house seems to be in decent shape although original details appear to have been stripped. However it's a great price for such a large Victorian, listed at $99,999. It has massive potential to be even more beautiful than it already is.

It is my opinion that reviving a once grand city is a community effort that largely starts at home. Vested homeowners that value the history and heritage of their house and who treat their home as an extension of the family and not just some place to crash, can and do make a difference. Preserve the past, to better the future!