Upper Saddle River’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was established to protect buildings listed on the Borough Inventory of Historic Sites from demolition or major alteration that would destroy historic value, to encourage owners of those buildings to explore alternatives to demolition and to foster pride in the community and its historic past. Upper Saddle River is rich with history and its historical buildings and sites add greatly to the town’s charm.
The HPC is making available historic markers for eligible historic homes. Homes must be listed on the Upper Saddle River Inventory of Historic Homes and/or the Bergen County Survey of Historic Sites. Almost all of these homes were built before 1900. Members of the Commission will be contacting the homeowners of eligible homes and explaining the program to them. The Upper Saddle River Historic Preservation Commission (USR HPC) was chosen to receive the 2010 Historic Preservation Commendation Award from the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The HPC was cited in the Preservation Leadership Category. The award, presented to the Commissioners by County Executive Dennis McNerney and the Board of Chosen Freeholders on May 6th in Hackensack at the historic Church on the Green, will be on display at Borough Hall and the USR Library.
The USR HPC was formed by the Mayor and Council in 2008 and has already listed all of the historic homes and sites in town. Eighteen homes and sites have registered with the HPC and have been awarded commemorative plaques. The HPC also received awards from the County in 2012 and two in 2013 in categories of Education and Preservation.