William H. Johnson House

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Facade of William H. Johnson House.

William H. Johnson House, built c. 1870, is a historic house in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.[1]

The house is named for William H. Johnson (born 1829), the original owner who lived here until his death, February 26, 1904. William H. Johnson was a prosperous New Brunswick businessman who owned a wallpaper hanging and house painting company, with business addresses on Church Street and Morris Street in New Brunswick. He and his wife Sarah resided here with their daughter Adilade.

The house is a good example of Victorian craftsmanship, built by and for New Brunswick residents in the Italianate style, right after the Civil War when New Brunswick experienced a post-war economic boom. Architectural components including the tall narrow windows with arched tops, double bays, cornice brackets, and low pitched roofs exemplify the Italianate style. It is significant because of the high level of integrity of its original decorative components, including some wallpaper from the late 19th century presumed to be hung by William H. Johnson himself.

The home was placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in April 2006, and on the National Register of Historic Places in July 2006.

Friends of The William H. Johnson House has been established to support the William H. Johnson House[2] (c. 1870), and is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, specifically to support the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the William H. Johnson House, and to further knowledge about the building and its inhabitants, and to contribute to the local community through education and outreach. The education and outreach is intended to enhance the community’s knowledge of its history and early inhabitants.

National Register registration information[edit]

Citation: National Register of Historic Places registration form, William H. Johnson House.[3]

Title: National Register of Historic Places registration form, William H. Johnson House Publication info: Washington, D.C.: National Register of Historic Places, 2007 Physical descrip: 1 v. (unpaged): ill, maps ; 28 cm. Subject: Historic buildings—New Jersey—History. Subject: New Brunswick (N.J.)—History. Added author: National Register of Historic Places. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Special Collections/University Archives (College Avenue) Call number: F144.N4N38 2007 BOOK-N SNCLNJ IN-LIBRARY.

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