Hillside Square: A Historic Masterpiece in Montclair
Blown away and inspired—that is the only way I can describe my feelings after touring the Hillside Square renovation project on Hillside Avenue in Montclair. As a parent of a Hillside School student I had watched the renovation project all of last year wondering and waiting. Little did I know they were creating not just any refurbished building, but a bright, energy efficient mini-Montclair museum and a work of art. But before we hear the juicy details of the gorgeous project let us go back in time a bit.
Hillside Square was originally built in 1926 as the First Church of Christ Scientist to the tune of $236,000. Over time the congregation began to lose members and and the church was no longer able to maintain the historic building. Bob Silver and his business partner, Jay Schweppe of the Bravitas Group Inc., always on the look out for new renovation projects, purchased the building. They renovated it according the highest green technology standards to provide state of the art office and conference spaces while maintaining a stunning sanctuary for the church congregation’s continued use.