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Somerville in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Somerville Borough Hall

 
 
Somerville Borough Hall Marker on Right Gate Support image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. Somerville Borough Hall Marker on Right Gate Support
Inscription. Once the home of Daniel Robert, this castellated Gothic residence was constructed in 1888 and is a careful copy of a celebrated design by noted architect Alexander Jackson Davis.
The building is the second on this site, preceded by a residence in a similar style that was constructed in the early 1840s for Albert Camman. Upon his death in 1866, the home was purchased by Eugene Doughty. Later, his son Joshua, sold the property to Daniel Robert.
The original structure was replaced by the present one. After Mrs. Robertís death in 1923, the estate was sold to the Somerville Lodge of Elks. The ballroom they added now houses the Borough Library. The property was acquired by the Borough of Somerville in 1958.
Fires in 1967 and again in 1980 required extensive renovations. However, much of the elaborate original interior remains intact.

Borough of Somerville
David Hollod, Mayor

 
Erected 1998 by Somerville Historic Committee.
 
Location. 40° 34.236′ N, 74° 37.164′ W. Marker is in Somerville, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on West End Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 West End Ave., Somerville NJ 08876, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Somerville Borough Hall image. Click for full size.
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2. Somerville Borough Hall
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Furman Frederick Kugler (within shouting distance of this marker); Armed Forces Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fireman's Museum (about 500 feet away); Ruth St. Denis (approx. ľ mile away); Site of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Parsonage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jersey Central Lines (approx. 0.3 miles away); Former Public Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Former Second National Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the right pillar of the former gates that were part of the estate. The gas lamps and fence that were likely part of the gate design are long gone.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable Buildings
 
View of Marker from Sidewalk image. Click for full size.
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3. View of Marker from Sidewalk
The supports for the gates that once graced this great residence are still visible.
Plaque Next to Main Entrance from Building's Dedication image. Click for full size.
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4. Plaque Next to Main Entrance from Building's Dedication
Municipal Building
Somerville, N.J.
1958
Mayor
Walter F. Scott
Council
Guy Richdale, Pres.
Richard Lothian, Jr.
Joseph E. Cusick
Claude W. Walck
Leroy W. Jones

Borough Clerk - Edity A Varley
Borough Engineer - E.S. Van Fleet
Front Doors of Somerville Borough Hall image. Click for full size.
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5. Front Doors of Somerville Borough Hall
The 1958 dedication plaque is located on the right side of the doors.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,129 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 12, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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