Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Van der veer Harris House

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $50,000 (2006)
Grant Recipient: Hillsborough Township
County: Somerset
Municipality: Hillsborough

The house is associated with the late 18th century Van der Veer family and several generations of medical practitioners.  Today, however, the structure is most significant for its Colonial Revival appearance, a design by noted architect Chester Patterson.  Dr. Robert Harris, who owned the property in the early 20th century, commissioned its present configuration.

Acquired in 2003, the property is now part of the township’s master plan to develop a town center. The house suffers from deferred maintenance, including water damage, structural stabilization of attic framing, lack of accessibility and code violations.

The Trust grant helped fund the preparation of pre-design development documents for the rehabilitation of the house, addressing exterior and structural repairs, mechanical upgrades and accessibility.

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