Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Henry Guest House

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Grant Award: $121,931 (1990)
Grant Recipient: City of New Brunswick
County: Middlesex
Municipality: New Brunswick

Built in 1760 by Henry Guest, this house serves as a fine example of Georgian architecture in an urban setting. Over time the Federal style additions, especially the portico, have developed their own architectural significance. The building's chief importance lies in its association with the Guest family during America's revolutionary period. Correspondence shows Guest family members on friendly terms with Thomas Paine and John Adams.

The Trust grant funded the stabilization of the building and restoration to its mid-nineteenth century appearance. The Guest House provides space for the adjacent public library's educational programs.

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