Historic Preservation District
Borough of Rocky Hill Historic Preservation District
A significant number of residences in Rocky Hill are located in the Historic Preservation District (HPD). On July 8, 1982, Rocky Hill’s Historic Preservation District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the Rocky Hill Historic Preservation District is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. There are many positive benefits to the designation, including protection from large-scale federal and State projects such as highways, road widenings, bridge replacements, etc. The designation also gives non-profit institutions access to valuable grants for repairs, restorations, and maintenance. It also allows owners of income-producing buildings to receive federal tax credits on the cost of rehabilitation.
The National Register Nomination forms that describe by address within the HPD the architectural history and the style of the dwellings as they existed in 1980 can be viewed below:
Most of the homes on Washington Street are in the HPD. All of the homes on Crescent Avenue, Grove Street, Park Avenue, Reeve Road, Skillman Avenue are in the HPD, while some of the homes on Montgomery Avenue and Princeton Avenue are part of the HPD.
The homes in the HPD are shown in a green shaded overlay on the zoning map located here:
Being in the Historic Preservation District is both a privilege and a responsibility that requires homeowners to seek permission to make changes to the exterior of their property if visible from a public thoroughfare. If you live in the Historic Preservation District and are contemplating renovations, we suggest that you read A Guide to Preservation in Rocky Hill.
If you have any questions about whether you need a preservation permit for the work you are considering, please call the Borough Hall at (609) 924-7445 during business hours on Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM and ask to speak with our Zoning Officer.
A number of publications on Rocky Hill's history and architecture can be found in the Mary Jacobs Library including:
*PRESERVATION: ALTERNATIVES FOR ROCKY HILL
Prepared for the Rocky Hill Community Group, Rocky Hill, NJ
By Heritage Studies, Inc., Princeton, NJ December, 1980
(including the National Register Nomination Forms)
Available on line at the Rocky Hill Community Group website, by clicking here.
Borough of Rocky Hill, NJ
By Short and Ford Architects, Princeton, NJ 08540
August 1, 1989