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This Old House, Part II
So close and yet so far. James Hollingsworth spent
$20,000 and countless hours of labor to take apart the old yellow
house on Mapleton Road and move it to Tennessee, but he ran out of
money and is working full time in Memphis. Yet, as described in a
U.S. 1 cover story (August 26) just one more week’s work, plus the
cost of transportation was needed to finish the job.
Princeton University, which owns the property and needed that acreage
for the new Marriott Suites motel, stopped short of sending in a
crew to raze the site and has been trying to have some party, any
party, continue what Hollingsworth could not finish. At first the
university hoped to get rid of the building without spending any
but no takers emerged.
Now the university will pay to have it removed. It is on the verge
of signing a contract with someone who makes a business of selling
dismantled houses. "In the spirit of what James was doing,"
says the source, "we want this to get taken apart and erected
The house next to the yellow house will also escape the wrecker’s
ball and is also on the verge — 30 days away — of having a
signed sales contract, presumably to be leased commercially. The
is not acting totally selflessly in saving this house. It had promised
Plainsboro Township that, in return for letting one house be
the neighboring house would be kept. Located across from the
of Ford Farewell Mills & Gatsch, it is zoned as office/commercial.
Officials at Picus Associates, which runs the university’s commercial
real estate operation at Forrestal Center, believe that the university
probably acquired the old yellow house and the house to its north
as part of the 1951 purchase of the Rockefeller Institute lands, which
became available when the medical research institute, established
in Princeton in 1915 and now known as Rockefeller University, moved
to Manhattan after 1948. Until fire code problems shut it down three
years ago, the old yellow house was used to house graduate students.
Hollingsworth, 35, bought the house for $1. He is an architect, and
for three months, with his own hands, he systematically deconstructed
the 6,000-square-foot house, piled up the doors and windows and
and siding and structural elements neatly in the yard, and covered
them with plastic.
"You just can’t get this kind of material anymore,"
said of the structural timbers, some of which measure nearly a foot
around. "Any house today is built of pine. Here the smallest
is true three by five and hardwood. It’s just so amazing working on
a project that was actually crafted by craftsmen, not just by some
guy who hired a bunch of laborers."
Closing in on the university’s August 31 deadline for having the house
gone from the site, Hollingsworth had hired a crew of six to help
him get the job done. The projected cost, not including the value
of Hollingsworth’s time was supposed to be just over $40,000 plus
the cost of a site in Tennessee. By the time he quit work and headed
back to Memphis, he had already invested $20,000. He could not be
reached for comment.
Street, Second Floor, Princeton 08542. Paul Silverberg, principal.
609-921-1867; fax, 609-921-8326. Home page:
Bell Atlantic’s 911 system needed a weatherproof call center, and
that was renovated by Paul Silverberg of Silverberg Associates, and
the WSA Alliance, a consortium of 14 engineering and architectural
firms. They renovated Bell Atlantic’s Network Operations Center near
Piscataway. This center is the "brain" of the east coast
network and, if a storm should take out any phone lines, it must
"The WSA Alliance has succeeded as an effective braintrust for
telecommunications facilities," says Silverberg,
talent on various technologies. We’re delivering cutting edge
His firm was formerly known as Silverberg Rose Associates.
Forsgate Technical Center, Jamesburg 08831. 609-395-7728; fax,
The autodiagnostics division of the firm based in Kalamazoo has opened
a sales office here. It sells emission testing equipment and employs
about 20 people.
Trenton 08608. Joyce Kersey, executive director. 609-656-8500; fax,
609-656-8570. E-mail: email@example.com.
The nonprofit education network moved from 2 Village Boulevard at
Princeton Forrestal Village to Trenton. It awards grants to public
school teachers for curriculum, professional education, and it
a teachers’ catalog.
Avenue, Trenton 08638. Robert Wu, vice president. 609-392-8833; fax,
This manufacturing firm moved from 39 Everett Drive to Trenton, This
is the headquarters of the 10-person firm that assembles and sells
pay phones for clients, says Wu, that include Bell Atlantic. Phone
and fax are new.
08540. Joseph Mantano, branch manager. 609-520-8880; fax,
The Cherry Hill-based office equipment company moved from 29 Emmons
Drive to Research Park. It sells copiers, computers, and fax machines.
New Brunswick 08903. Alison Thornton, director. 732-214-8272.
In the fall this office closed and consolidated with one in New
It employs college students to raise awareness and campaign for causes
such as the Sierra Club or issues sponsored by the Public Interest
Research Groups .
PA. 19047-1949. John S. Punyko, president. 215-757-5644; fax,
John Punyko moved his sales training firm from 600 Alexander Road
07753. Michele Goodman, executive director. 732-918-0850; Home
The social service agency has moved from Prospect Plains Road in
to Neptune, and has a new phone number. It has community-based
programs providing residential, vocational, and family support
Susan Elizabeth Karr, 52, on December 1. She was a program
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