Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Old School Building

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Grant Award: $529,035 (2000)
Grant Recipient: Township of Cranbury
County: Middlesex
Municipality: Cranbury Township

Cranbury's Italianate style Old School Building began as a small public school designed by architect William W. Walker in 1896. Architecturally sympathetic additions constructed in 1905 and 1922 reflected the community's expansion in the early 1900s. No longer used as a school, the building remains at the heart of a well-preserved National Register district in a community that has had exemplary success in historic and open space preservation.

The Trust grant helped fund the adaptive use of the building as the community's municipal center. In re-using the redundant school, the project is providing an alternative to sprawl and demonstrates an early and successful application of the State's new rehabilitation sub-code.

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