Best Old House Neighborhood

Best Old House Neighborhood

Plainfield's Van Wyck Brooks neighborhood named among "Best Old House Neighborhoods" by This Old House magazine

Published: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 5:00 AM
VanWyckBrooks.jpegThe Van Wyck Brooks Historic District in Plainfield includes many stately mansions, such as this Park Ave home.

The Van Wyck Brooks Historic District in Plainfield is listed in This Old House magazine's 2012 list of "Best Old House Neighborhoods."

The article notes the district's architecture, which includes Second Empire and Queen Anne homes "with wraparound porches, turrets, and elegantly landscaped front yards," as well as homes in Shingle, American Foursquare, Tudor Revival and other styles. The area is named for the Pulitzer-prize winning historian and literary critic Van Wyck Brooks who was born in Plainfield in 1886.

The article notes the district's gardens, American heritage, easy commute and other desirable characteristics. Also mentioned are the area's progressive dinners, black-tie parties and after-work cocktails.

"Communities are important to us,” says John Stewart, Jr. president of the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District. The district's own website lists community events while also celebrating the area's architectural treasures. Stewart, whose 8th Street home is shown with the magazine's article, says the events, including periodic house tours, all relate to the district's mission of "safeguarding, protecting and promoting the architectural heritage that we have."

Read the full article.

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