Historic District


The Forest Hill Historic District as defined by the City of Newark is bounded on the west by Branch Brook Park, on the east by Mt. Prospect Avenue, on the south by 2nd Avenue, and on the north by Verona Avenue.  There are exceptions carved out on those border streets due to the age or use of some buildings.  Click on each title below to view these documents:

  1. Forest Hill Historic District Map   This map is reproduced on a sign located on the center divider island on Heller Pkwy, at DeGraw Avenue.  It is strategically placed to greet visitors to Forest Hill.                                                                                                 

  2. Forest Hill Historic District Border Map   This map shows the exact borders of the historic district with specific areas shown as not included.                                                                                                                                                                                           

  3. Forest Hill Historic District Nomination Report   Reproduced here is the application filed in 1990 with the State of New Jersey and the Federal government nominating Forest Hill to be designated as a historic district.  The application contains descriptions of every building in Forest Hill that is included in the nomination.  Various attachments are also included.              

  4. Forest Hill Historic District Homeowner Guide   This Guide is issued by the City of Newark to assist owners of historic properties throughout the city, including Forest Hill.  It also appears on the City of Newark website, where you can also access other, related information.  This Guide focuses primarily on the responsibilities of homeowners who are renovating or restoring their historic homes.  It details how to apply to the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission (NLHPC) for renovations on the exterior of homes and grounds.  Homeowners may no longer need to obtain a permit from the City for their proposed renovations, but because Forest Hill is a historic district, its homeowners still have to check with the NLHPC first because those rules take precedence.  NLHPC will review applications to make sure that a homeowner’s plans fit in with the neighborhood and adhere to the State and City’s guidelines for historic properties.  This process ensures the retention of the historic character of the Forest Hill neighborhood.