Crane-Phillips House Up For Official Designation As Local Landmark

The public has the opportunity to be heard on the proposed legislation.

Cranford's Crane Phillips House Museum.
Cranford's Crane Phillips House Museum.
Cranford's governing body will take a vote on Tuesday on whether to officially designate the Crane-Phillips House at 125 North Union Avenue as a local historical landmark, as recommended by the Cranford Historic Preservation Board (HPAB). 

The designation would be noted in official maps and tax assessment rolls. 

The wooden house is already noted in the National and State Register of Historic Places. 

The rural cottage with cedar shake shingles operates is believed to have been built around 1870. It operates as a living museum, giving visitors a look into late 19th century life, and serving as an example of the architectural style of Andrew Jackson Downing. It has been kept in excellent condition by the Cranford Historical Society for decades. 

Upcoming events at the Crane Phillips House Museum include “Meet Mary Elizabeth,” the Phillips family's Irish-American housekeeper, who is interpreted by Christine Glazer on Sunday, March 2 from 2-4 p.m. 

On March 30, the Cranford Historical Society presents “Early American Art Glass: Tiffany, Quezal, Durand” with Vic Bary on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Crane-Phillips House Museum from 2-4 p.m.

Admission to both events is free. Space is limited so reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please call the Historical Society’s office at 908-276-0082 or email us at cranfordhistoricalsociety@verizon.net. 
Steve February 24, 2014 at 09:46 AM
A few corrections . . . the Crane-Phillips House is located at 124 North Union Avenue, not 125. And it was originally built several decades prior to 1870, probably circa 1845. It was the home of Civil War veteran Henry Jackson Phillips, one of the very first men to answer President Lincoln's call for volunteers after the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Within a week, Private Phillips -- along with two other future Cranford residents -- was marching to the relief of Washington with the Seventh New York State Militia.
Steve February 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Thanks, Christina. I just looked at the documentation you cited, which was prepared almost two decades ago. It did indeed say "125"; however, that was apparently a typo. The correct address for the house has been 124 North Union at least since 1900. And research performed since the filing with the National Park Service confirmed the house was originally built circa 1845, which is the date now given on the sign long standing in front of the house.


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