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New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Daniel Robert House (Somerville Borough Hall)

Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management
Capital Level I
Grant Award: $46,360 (2015); $23,535 (2018)
Grant Recipient: Somerville Borough
County: Somerset
Municipality: Somerville

The brick and brownstone Gothic Revival-style house was constructed in 1888 for New Yorker Daniel Robert by the New England firm of Lambert and Bunnell and was designed to be a faithful replica of Alexander Jackson Davis’ 1847 Harral House in Bridgeport, Connecticut (no longer extant). In 1923, it became the Elks Lodge, and a ballroom addition (now the borough library) was constructed in 1939. It was purchased by the borough in 1958 for use as the municipal hall. 

The 2018 Trust grant helped fund an update to a 2008 preservation plan. The 2015 Trust grant helped fund the restoration of 15 original windows, including removal of existing storm windows, sash and frame restoration and painting, hardware restoration and weather-stripping installation. 

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