We are citizens, professionals, business and property owners concerned about the continuing degradation and loss of Flemington’s historic buildings and the impact on the historic district’s integrity. Friends of Historic Flemington is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
We advocate for the adaptive reuse of Flemington’s historic buildings as critical components of a thoughtfully designed and properly scaled downtown redevelopment.
We’re a purely grassroots, all volunteer organization funded solely by small donations from people like you who care about maintaining and enhancing the exceptional historic district and quaint small town feel that draws people to Flemington.
We are not supported by, nor do we support, any particular individual, developer or commercial entity.
Joanne Braun has been a resident of Flemington for 45 years. Her family has owned several businesses in Flemington Borough and continues to own several properties on Main Street. She’s passionate about Flemington’s historic architecture and its exceptional charm and wants to see it preserved for future generations. Joanne studied marketing at Raritan Valley Community College.
Kevin DeHaven has been a resident of Flemington Borough for 25 years and a resident of Hunterdon County for over 50. Growing up just outside of Lambertville, he saw firsthand how restoration and adaptive reuse transformed that town into the thriving destination it is today. He strongly believes that Flemington should pursue redevelopment at the height and density specified in its approved Master Plan. Kevin holds a BA in history from Trenton State College and his c1876 residence was featured on the Flemington Historic Preservation Commission’s Tour of Historic Homes in 2016.
Patricia Fisher-Olsen, a 20 year resident of Hunterdon County, is an American History Professor and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Bucks County Community College. She is a dedicated preservationist who has leveraged her business expertise and disciplines to the business side of historic preservation. As a former IT Executive, she has carried this multifaceted business experience into her work as a consultant in historic preservation projects. She has adapted best practices of large-scale project management disciplines to diverse historic preservation projects. Pat holds an MS degree in Historic Preservation from the Pratt Institute, NY.
Christopher Pickell, AIA, earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985 as well as a Bachelor of Science in 1984. He is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. His experience includes custom residential design; adaptive reuse—upgrading antique buildings to meet modern use; historic design; timber and stone barns; commercial work including banks, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities; and projects for local non-profit organizations and governments. Since 1998, he has served as Principal Architect of Pickell Architecture, with offices in a Victorian house on Main Street in downtown Flemington since 2003.
Gary Schotland and his brother Doug, an architect, restored a dilapidated c1858 wood frame building on Flemington’s Main Street, creating eight luxury apartments and restaurant and office spaces. The project was awarded a 2007 Hunterdon County Preservation Award for adaptive reuse. He continues to own and operate the building as an investment. Gary has spent many years meticulously restoring his c1780/1830 stone house in Raritan Township. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh, an MS in real estate finance & investment from NYU and an MBA from Columbia.
Lois Stewart was born in Flemington Borough and has been a resident for over 70 years. Passionate about history and the environment, she was actively involved with preservation of the Dvoor Farm and saving from demolition the c1890 Hawk House, an exceptional Queen Anne style building at 111 Main Street in Flemington. Lois has served as a member of Flemington’s Shade Tree Commission and on the Borough’s Board of Adjustment. During her career, she worked in insurance and held various management positions with the State of New Jersey, Division of Aging Services. She is a graduate of Trenton State College.