Stores and restaurants in Downtown Cranford are so plentiful that it’s easy to forget there are a variety of professional businesses who call Cranford home. One of those is Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects. You may know them from their incredible creations for the scarecrow stroll, but if you ever wanted to learn more about this business, now’s your chance. Thomas Connolly and Margaret Hickey are the Principals Architects at Connolly & Hickey and share a passion for historical preservation and restoration. Their clients include religious organizations, towns, and municipalities, all of them looking to save a building that has historical significance. Tom and Margaret found that the needs of historical clients are so specific that they ended up starting Straightline Restoration & Construction to fill that need with both clients and residential owners. The contractors for Straightline understand historical construction and that their goal is not to drastically transform the buildings, but to restore them to their former glory.
The projects Connolly & Hickey undertake aren’t ones that can be completed in a matter of months. Due to the work that needs to be done, as well as the fact that money is raised over a period of years, projects can take as long as ten years from start to finish. One of the biggest projects the firm has undertaken is the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. The project involved doing a new steeple, roof, and restoring the cemetery. The job was started in 2003 and is nearly finished.
Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects
2 N. Union Ave.