Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey - Marlton, NJ
N 39° 52.872 W 074° 53.277
18S E 509581 N 4414577
Quick Description: In 2000 the house was rededicated as the Center for the Arts in Southern NJ & is a cultural center providing classes and exhibitions that are open to the public. The grant helped fund structural stabilization, exterior restoration, & interior rehab.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 12/25/2008 5:51:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM5DYF
This is a really beautiful, restored home. The art center stands amid a public golf course. New Jersey bought this farmstead, lock, stock and barrel and began developing it for public use. As a result this cultural center, the gold course, fountain and a NRHP home all have risen. The art center has a very comprehensive newspaper which comes out biannually. To see their latest edition you can visit their SITE which is in PDF format.
There are a lot of traveling exhibits. Visit their website (listed below) to see which artists are being featured and displayed. Their 2009 exhibition schedule features a new artist or genre every month. There are also workshops which have a fee but include lunch. No doubt, this is a very organized and comprehensive organization.
History of the Home
This is another typical example of 18th century homes in New Jersey. We have many historic sites similar to this one. Many of these similar historic resources of Evesham Township were entered onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 under the title, Historic Resources of Evesham Township, New Jersey. This one was entered onto the National Register in 1993.
I found an old picture in an archive of a series of pictures containing 110 photographs taken by N. R. Ewan (a fellow Mason like me) during the 1930s showing pre-1800 private homes and outbuildings in Burlington County. The photo of this house (see gallery) looks exactly like the house today. The pictures as well as a biography of the photographer can be found HERE. The picture is numbered #61. If you navigate to the first referenced site (Historic American Buildings Survey, click on the B& W link and you can see the actual pictures of this house and of the bricked date and homeowner initials. Take a gander at the other homes and you will see so many resemblances, that one cannot be distinguished from another. I suppose any one of these could have been earmarked as a cultural center. The picture was taken in 1939.
The initials and date, like all the other existing 18th century homes, are found at the top of the west end of the home, on the side. The date 1785 is splayed out in some kind of white stone (limestone?) and intermingled with in the brick. Similarly, the initials are displayed in the same manner, with the letter E (presumably for Evens) lying just beneath the A frame and below from left to right are the initials T (for Thomas) & M (for Mary). These initials were produced the EXACT same way as the Jacob Wills house which is no surprise since records seem to indicate the knew each other and went together to the same Meeting House for worship. The Evens/Evans have many other still existing homes not too far from this one, all with the same patterned brick and similar construction.
in 1785, with a western addition in 1790, the Georgian-vernacular house retains much of its original building material and its farm-like setting. It served for many years as the homestead for a family descended from original settlers. Now, the structure is part of the Indian Springs Golf Course and sits amid protected open space purchased with state Green Acres funds.
About The Center
The center is located on the Indian Springs Golf course at 123 South Elmwood Road in Marlton, NJ. Classes are offered in many art medias for all ages. Art shows are open to the public at no charge.
10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday
7 PM to 9 PM Wednesday
For more information visit their SITE