Americans Return to Main Street – Review of Main Street’s Comeback by Mary Means

Isaac Kremer/ March 2, 2022/ architecture, Main Street, preservation, program/ 0 comments

By Isaac D. Kremer To purchase: Means, Mary. Main Street’s Comeback: And How it Can Come Back Again. HammonWood Press. 2020. The story of the revival of historic downtowns across the US is inextricably tied to Mary Means. In her role as Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation covering the vast Midwest region of 10 states, she

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Noah Brown of Amelia County (VA) and Metuchen (NJ)

Isaac Kremer/ February 2, 2022/ preservation/ 0 comments

Portraits of Noah Brown and Lelia Anderson The origins of Noah Brown are not entirely clear, though a marriage record from 1888 gives a birthdate of 1860 in Amelia County, Virginia. Of interest in the same record is how his parents were listed as father “Johnson” and mother as “Betsy Ann Johnson.” Should this birth date be accurate, that means

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Metuchen National Bank, 406 Main St – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ December 18, 2021/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Early drawing of Metuchen National Bank building at 406 Main Street, April 1911, likely by Aylin Pierson, architect.[1] Metuchen National Bank One must look to a neighboring building to find the roots of the Metuchen National Bank. After they received their charter in 1905 they opened in the Kellogg Building which also housed the Middlesex Water Company where they had

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Voorhees Building, 410 Main St – Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ December 8, 2021/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Old address 537-538 Main St. 1876 Atlas shows nothing on the block between the Pennsylvania Railroad and Union Street (later Hillside Ave) Voorhees Willroy Voorhees is shown living in Metuchen in the 1885 Census with his mother Julia, and siblings Julia and Benjamin.[1] Willroy Voorhees was proprietor of the South Side Market for several years. [2] The 1900 US Census

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Truman Tertius Pierson Building, 397 Main St, Metuchen, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ December 3, 2021/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Portrait of Truman Tertius Pierson, ca. September 1909.[1] The building at 397 Main Street in Metuchen is tied with one of the most interesting figures in the early 20th century business and political history of Metuchen. Truman T. Pierson (1884-1967) was the oldest of three sons and four daughters of John Noble Pierson, a terra cotta modeler and architect, and

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John Noble Pierson & Sons

Isaac Kremer/ October 1, 2021/ architecture, downtown, preservation/ 2 comments

John Noble Pierson (1855-1930) was an accomplished terra cotta modeler and architect. He attended the Cooper Institute, the Boston school of Art and the Boston School of Sculpture. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was founded in 1870 and initially located on the top floor of the Boston Athenaeum. In 1876 the museum moved into a Gothic Revival building

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