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Posted on: January 23, 2024

Littell-Lord Farmstead Restoration Begins

Littell Lord work begins

Restoration work on the historic Littell-Lord Farmstead Museum building (yellow building) has begun!

Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects are managing the current restoration construction progress; contractor Dell-Tech won the bid for Phase 1 of this restoration work, which began in early January 2024. This work includes: shoring up the foundation and flooring in what's known as the "rear ell kitchen area," as well as some additional work. Progress to date includes:

  • Construction begins; work tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of the first week of April 2024
  • Demo, shoring of foundation and partial excavation work was first to be done
  • Contractor needs to shore up the bottom of the chimney in the front parlor room
  • Contractor found a “secret” fireplace in the corner of the side room when they took the floors up (in the corner)
  • Weather permitting – Week of Jan. 22, contractor will continue with: Selective demo, excavation/earthwork, and concrete work. They will also start on masonry, metals (connectors), and rough carpentry work. 
  • Week of Jan. 28, selective demo should be done but other activities will continue; door restoration and window restoration will begin. 

Pictures of work to date show very unstable foundational beams, walls that do not extend to the foundation (leading to decreased stability of the house), weak floors and more.  Click here for project photos and project details to date; this page you are clicking through to will be updated as construction continues.

This project is being paid for completely with grant money and private donations. Anyone interested in donating to the progress in restoring this historical Berkeley Heights treasure can send a check (and include your contact information) to Town Hall made out to: "Littell-Lord Trust", and mail to:

Liza Viana, Administration

29 Park Avenue 

Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Or you can donate online via GoFundMe here. Thank you to everyone who has made this project possible!

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