Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Craftsman Farms

Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Preservation Bond Program
Grant Award: $156,174 (1995); $114,362 (1991); $299,763 (2002); $50,000 (2007); $150,000 (2016)
Grant Recipient: The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Inc.
County: Morris
Municipality: Parsippany Troy-Hills

Gustav Stickley pioneered the American Arts and Crafts movement in the early years of the 20th century with a belief in simple design, natural materials, and careful craftsmanship. In 1908, Stickley established Craftsman Farms as a farm and school, where apprentices could study with master craftsmen. The school was designed to be completely self-sufficient, and eleven buildings were constructed between 1909 and 1912. After Stickley went bankrupt in 1917, the property was owned by the Farny family until the township purchased the property in the 1980s. Now a National Historic Landmark, the main Log House operates as a museum with guided tours, exhibits, lectures, and demonstrations.

The Trust grant addresses the deteriorated conditions at the White Cottage, which was constructed in 1910 and is unique for its cementitious stucco exterior. The building is proposed for use as a residence for visiting scholars and artists. The grant would help fund the demolition of the non-contributing addition as well as mechanical and electrical upgrades. Previous Trust grants helped fund the preparation of a Historic Structure Report, a capital restoration of the main Log House, and a comprehensive Site Master Plan.

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