What is Historic Preservation?

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The goal of historic preservation is to foster an ongoing appreciation, protection and enhancement of the historic buildings, structures, sites and objects that make up the character of South Orange.

Our rich history and extensive inventory of historic resources are essential building blocks of our community’s character. Protecting this history helps to retain the authentic sense of place that connects us with our past and informs the future.

Our buildings, structures, neighborhoods, and landscapes have shaped the community’s identity throughout its history. Preserving the significant and unique aspects of the built environment provides a sense of place and helps preserve community values for the future.