Hillside Square: A Historic Masterpiece in Montclair
Blown away and inspired—that is the only way I can describe my feelings after touring the Hillside Square renovation project on Hillside Avenue in Montclair. As a parent of a Hillside School student I had watched the renovation project all of last year wondering and waiting. Little did I know they were creating not just any refurbished building, but a bright, energy efficient mini-Montclair museum and a work of art. But before we hear the juicy details of the gorgeous project let us go back in time a bit.
A Very Special Space
The First Church of Christ, Scientist at 211 Broad Street in Red Bank has stood for decades. Its majestic steeple soars above its neighbors. In recent years, with a shrinking congregation, the church board contemplated a move to smaller quarters and the sale of the handsome brick structure.
A school building for 104 years, Montclair’s Academy Square is now a green commercial building with an artistic bent and a bright future.
Montclair, New Jersey, is more or less the Jersey town in which I wish I’d grown up. With all due respect to Ridgewood, NJ — and I’m not going to get into just how much respect is due, there — Montclair has better movie theaters, better restaurants and a closer connection to late New Orleans Saints linebacker Sam Mills.
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The company that has designed the logos for the World Series and several Major League Baseball teams, a film and television production company co-founded by a former A&E executive, and a major designer of iPad applications are among the tenants of Hillside Square, the Hillside Avenue church-turned-office building celebrating its grand opening next week.
So is the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the original tenant of the 1926 church building at 8 Hillside Ave., which sold the property to