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The Roots of Historic Preservation

  • Crane House & Historic YWCA 110 Orange Road Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)

In 1965, the Crane House and Historic YWCA was saved from demolition, moved, and restored to tell the story of its earliest occupants. Historic preservation was in its infancy and there were no standards to guide these preservationists. Through a tour of the Crane House and Historic YWCA, visitors discover the Roots of Historic Preservation through the building structure, documents, and viewing of footage of the house moving in 1965. Your visit then continues to the elegant Shultz House, an amazing, fully-intact time capsule that takes you away to life in the early 20th century. A home chock full of original character, visitors can linger in a classic library full of vintage science instruments, admire Delft handiwork imported from the Netherlands, and marvel at the beautifully crafted woodwork. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Member get in free! 30 North Mountain Avenue and 110 Orange Road, Montclair.