Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Evergreens, Crane, and Clark Houses

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Trust
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $302,946 (1997); $40,306 (2000); $28,960 (2005); $28,500 (2012); $45,150 (2020)
Grant Recipient: Montclair Historical Society
County: Essex
Municipality: Montclair

Built in 1796, the Israel Crane House is significant as an excellent example of a Federal style residence with Greek Revival details. Located on the same parcel are the Nathaniel Crane House (1818) and the Queen Anne-style Clark House (1894). Less than a mile away from these two properties is Evergreens, an unusual residential design by Michael LeBrun (architect of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower in New York City) constructed in 1896. Evergreens combines a unique mix of Tudor and Colonial Revival details and features a Shingle Style carriage house at the rear. 

From 1920 to 1965, the Israel Crane House served as headquarters to the YWCA of Montclair-North Essex offices, including dormitory space for young women migrating to the area, and a social and educational center. When the YWCA outgrew the facility, a group of concerned citizens mobilized to save the house and later incorporated as the Montclair Historical Society. The house now serves as a historic house museum housing a collection of decorative arts reflecting a period of significance from 1796 to 1845. 

The 2020 Trust grant will help fund an ADA Accessibility Plan for the Montclair History Center campus. The 2012 Trust grant helped fund the preparation of a preservation plan and conceptual site planning for the Israel Crane site. The 2005 Trust grant helped fund the preparation of a 10-year master plan that addresses the preservation, use and linking of all of the Society’s historic properties. A 2000 Trust grant helped fund a marketing and feasibility study for a capital campaign to support the preservation and restoration of the three sites. A 1997 Trust grant funded stabilization and rehabilitation of the Evergreens house and carriage house. 

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