North Cottage Preservation in Progress

Restoration of the North Cottage windows, a project that has long been in the works for the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, got underway in the fall of 2016. Slated to be completed in early 2017, the project is supported by grants from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund and the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, which had previously awarded a 2013 grant funding its first phase.

Located on the northeast corner of the current property, the North and South Cottages were completed in 1910. The first buildings constructed at Craftsman Farms, these cottages were home to the Stickley family until the Log House was completed in 1911. Although they were originally envisioned as part of Stickley’s unrealized school, the cottages instead became homes to the growing young families of his daughters Barbara and Mildred Stickley, who both married at Craftsman Farms during the family’s years on the property. The Farny family, who purchased Craftsman Farms in 1917, rented out the cottages during the latter half (the 1950s through the late 1980s) of their years on the property.

After Craftsman Farms was rescued from private development in 1989, preservation work was focused primarily on the Log House, Stickley’s home and the heart of the property. Though work on the Log House will continue, the stabilization of the structure over the years, has made it possible to turn attention to other buildings. The North Cottage emerged as an obvious place to start.

Over the past ten years, the museum has undertaken a variety of projects to preserve the North Cottage, making it available for programs and retaining some of the building’s Farny-era history. When preservation projects first began on the North Cottage, all of its original windows were removed to prevent their further deterioration. Once a restoration plan for the windows was in place, the museum sought funding to begin the work.

While the project is in progress, the North Cottage has been closed, though visitors will occasionally see work underway, both inside and out, as the window trim is restored (see below).

“So far I’ve seen two windows with their leaded glass restored, and I’m eager to see them installed,” said Executive Director Vonda Givens. “They’re beautiful and have renewed my appreciation for Gustav Stickley’s attention to detail on the property.”

We look forward to re-opening the North Cottage, which is often a feature of special interest tours, for programs in 2017. Watch our event calendar for details and a chance to see the newly restored windows yourself!

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