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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Statement on the Ongoing Rehabilitation of the Historic Vanderhoef-Westervelt House


Architect retained by Passaic County to advance project towards construction before year’s end

(Paterson, New Jersey) – Passaic County Freeholder Bruce James released the following statement on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders approving a contract with Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects at its March 16, 2017 meeting to serve as the architects for the historic Vandherhoef-Westervelt House rehabilitation project located in Weasel Brook Park in the City of Clifton:

After an extensive review of proposals by the County’s Architect and Director of Cultural and Historic Affairs, I am proud to announce on behalf of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders that the county is moving forward on the rehabilitation and restoration of the historic Vandherhoef-Westervelt House located in Weasel Brook Park in the City of Clifton.

This is another important step forward in the rehabilitation of this historic asset in the Passaic County Park System.

In the past twelve months there has been great progress in restoring the Vanderhoef-Westervelt House to its former glory, including a roof replacement project reinstalling historically accurate cedar shake shingles, and a conditions assessment to determine the work and associated costs that need to be completed. The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders remains dedicated to investing in parks, recreation, and historic preservation, and this project is another example of that commitment. We are hopeful that we can break ground on this important historic preservation project this fall.

Once completed, the Vanderhoef-Westervelt House will serve the dual roles of providing office space to the Passaic County Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs, as well as a meeting space for community organizations. This historic site will serve as a focal point for the Weasel Brook Park and the community and will offer a full slate of programs, events, and historic exhibits, once completed.


Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects, located in Cranford, New Jersey, is a full-service architecture firm providing professional architecture and historic preservation services. Connolly & Hickey has completed a number of historic preservation projects in New Jersey, including the rehabilitation of the Oswald Nitschke House in Kenilworth, Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History in Boonton Township, Henry Doremus House in Montville, as well as the Van Ripper-Hopper and Van Duyne Houses in Wayne.

Please click this link to view the full list of historic preservation projects completed by Connolly & Hickey in New Jersey.

The Vanderhoef-Westervelt House and its surrounding lands were documented in 1937 by the National Park Service through the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) program. The Vanderhoef-Westervelt House is representative of early Dutch colonial settlement in Passaic County beginning in 1609, when Dutch settlers first established agricultural communities in the northeast region of North America. The structure was altered throughout the nineteenth century to accommodate changing styles and a growing family. The House and the surrounding property was purchased by the Passaic County Park Commission for the purpose of use as public parkland. 

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