Cranford History

Architecture & Art in Cranford

Architecture and Art play significant roles in the development of Cranford as a Community.

Walking Tour Details –  Begin to explore Cranford streets using online information from the Historic Preservation Advisory Board

For an exploration of Art, Arts organizations in Cranford, and fun things to do with Historical Crafts – Visit Creative Cranford  aka  Making a Mess of History!

Cranford’s Architecture is best explored by visiting the site of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board.




  1. Steve
    August 1, 2012

    Two thoughts come to mind regarding the broad subject matter of this Web page:

    1. I have suggested from time to time that someone should create an alphabetical list of Cranford street names, along with a short description of the source of the name. For example, numerous streets in town are named for Cranford war veterans who lost their lives in service to our country (e.g., Fiske Terrace), some were named for Civil War generals (e.g., Burnside Avenue), others carry the name of prominent citizens of Cranford (e.g., Mendell Avenue), still others were named by town developers in honor of a family member (e.g., Norman Place). Some streets were named in honor of an event (e.g., Centennial Avenue), while others were entirely descriptive of the street (e.g., Brookside Place). In any event, a lot of Cranford (as well as national) history is conveyed by our town’s street names. (The same may be said for its parks, such as Sperry, MacConnell and Nomahegan.)

    2. Cranford has had numerous artists — including many who are well listed — reside or create their works in town, such as Emily Lakey, the Crumps and the Dawleys. There are many other artists, as well as composers, Someone should compile an online list, along with a short biography of each.

    • Cranford History
      August 2, 2012

      As part of this project we did create an overall list of streets, and hope to some day have this available online with images of the streets in a pre-paved state, as well as the post-paving state, using the “Engineering Reports” available at the Historical Society. This would take a significant investment of time but will be a great resource if we can accomplish this.

      There is a lost book – created by two local Girl Scouts – that features all streets named after Veteran’s. If anyone has a copy, please contact the Library Director or the Historical Society. This is a lost asset and I have not been able to locate a copy for the past two years.

      The Artist idea is a very good one. I will add that suggestion to the “to do list” on the site soon.

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