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Boonton Preservation Project

The Boonton Preservation Project will develop a preservation plan for the Maxfield Engine House--a firehouse constructed in 1893. The firehouse occupies a prominent location in the center of Boonton, NJ’s Main Street Historic District and has served a variety of functions since the town’s fire engines became too large to use it. The preservation plan, being developed for a small non-profit, will include 1) a building chronology of the building’s design, construction, and alterations; 2) the building’s character-defining features, based on significance and integrity; and 3) the building’s tolerances for change, based on significance, integrity, and adaptive reuse opportunities. This work will be based on archival and secondary sources, including historic photographs, maps, reports, and deeds, as well as historic ordinances, reviewing authorities, tax credit opportunities, etc. that would (or could) be involved in the adaptive reuse of the firehouse. The research will be conducted both remotely and at local repositories, as appropriate.