Historic District Commission
The story goes that Mayor Joseph McCullough visited Main Street in the new Walt Disney World in Florida and thought, “We have an original in Haddon Heights.” He came back and asked the Borough Clerk what measures could protect Station Avenue against the demolition and redevelopment that was going on in other New Jersey towns. Historic districting was the answer.
The Haddon Heights Historic District Ordinance was passed in 1975 (Article XVII, Ordinance No. 493, September 23, 1975) after several public meetings. The Historic District Ordinance was initially administered by the Planning Board until March, 1984 when a five member Historic Preservation Commission was established to aid the Planning Board in its deliberation on applications in the Historic District. Haddon Heights became a Certified Local Government in 1986 and reports its Preservation Commission to the State once a year. Our historic district ordinance standards are based on the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Under New Jersey law, a historic preservation commission or historic district advisory commission hears applications going before the Planning Board and prepares and provides a written advisory report to the Planning Board in advance of their meeting. In Haddon Heights the HPC reviews changes, additions and alterations to the exterior of buildings in the historic districts as well as the building’s site and environment. They review new construction for compatibility. A member of the Historic Preservation Commission attends every Planning Board Meeting where a case involving the Historic District is reviewed to explain and defend their position.
Haddon Heights has three historic districts (the White Horse Pike, Station Avenue and First Avenue), five historic sites (the Colonial-era houses on North Park, Sylvan, Sycamore and New Jersey Avenue and a Second Empire house on the Black Horse Pike) and one archaeological site, the Glover Fulling Mill. The White Horse Pike and the Station Avenue Historic Districts, the Colonial-era houses and the Glover Mill site are also listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The unit block of First Avenue is a local historic district.
The Historic Preservation Commission is made up of residents of the Borough with specific experience, educational background and interest in historic preservation. The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month. They are also available for consultation with any resident who wishes to renovate or restore his home under the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for Rehabilitation whether or not they live in a historic district.
National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website:
The National Register website:
The Secretary of the Interior’s website:
The Historic District Commission meets the last Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Borough Hall.