Save the Stone Piers!

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In building Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley utilized local materials extensively, including the local fieldstone.  All gathered from the property, this fieldstone now makes up building foundations, chimneys, and fences, as well as a series of stone piers that lined the road through the vegetable gardens.  As seen in the above photo, the piers were designed as planters for English Ivy to provide year-round greenery on the property.  After 100 years of weather and exposure to the elements, the surviving stone piers are now in desperate need of repair.


What can be done to save them?

pier sketchAs we begin the next phase of returning Craftsman Farms to its original beauty, a detailed restoration plan has been developed to rebuild the piers, to their Stickley era appearance. The plan, which is summarized in the drawing below left, was developed within the guidelines of Museum’s Historic Site Master Plan and meets or exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation Projects. Storms have badly damaged the already deteriorating piers and now water makes its way between the joints with every rainfall. Time is of the essence to save these piers and maintain the authenticity pier sketch interiorof Craftsman Farms. Each pier will be carefully disassembled, each stone numbered and each one’s original location noted on a map of the pier’s construction. Sturdy below ground construction and interior drainage will be installed so that the piers can withstand the elements. The exterior of the piers will then be carefully rebuilt placing each original stone back to its original location. The historical accuracy of using the stones that were dug on the property more than 100 years ago and placing them exactly as they were when Gustav Stickley lived here will maintain the treasured authenticity of Craftsman Farms. Approximately $36,000 to $40,000 is needed to complete the entire project including upgrading the surrounding landscape and ensuring its upkeep in the future.

The Stone Piers in 2008 – some deterioration is evident.

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The Stone Piers in 2013 – the deterioration has continued.

Within the last five years many stones have broken away and now litter the ground.

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Where are the piers located?

map sketch


How can you help?

A gift of $36,000 or more will complete the entire project and the donor’s name will appear on a permanent plaque.

A gift of $9,000 will complete one pier and the donors’ names will be highlighted on plaque for one year.

Gifts of $1,000 to $8,999 will help begin the project and the donors’ names will be listed on a plaque for one year.

Gifts of $100 to $999 will make a difference and the donors’ names will be listed in the newsletter.

Gifts of any size will make a difference and are greatly appreciated!

 Will you donate now?


For more information about this project or how you can help, contact executive director Heather Stivison at 973.540.0311 or

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