Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Madison Public Library and the James Building

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $80,860 (1992); $243,124 (1996); $21,375 (2012)
Grant Recipient: Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
County: Morris
Municipality: Madison Township

The James Library Building was completed in 1900, designed by New England architects Willard Adden and Charles Brigham. Funds for the building's construction and the adjacent park were a gift from Madison philanthropist D. Willis James, for whom the library was named. A stately and commanding structure located in the Madison Commercial Historic District, the building is significant as a rare non-religious example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in the county. Both the exterior and interior are notable for their quality and design. The building served as the town library until 1969, when it became home to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

The 2012 Trust grant helped fund the preparation of a capital campaign strategy that will focus on raising funds for major building needs, such as roof and masonry restoration. The 1996 Trust grant for interior restoration helped uncover the building's most dramatic architectural features--groined vaulting, decorative stained glass and stenciling, fireplaces, handsome light fixtures and intricate woodwork. A 1992 Trust grant funded exterior restoration work.

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