Original factory-style building at rear of Mt. St. Andrew Villa (W 55 Midland Ave). During its century-long history, several staff members resided here and the space functioned as a central laundry for the main building. With its copper gutters and architecturally embellished eaves, the ominous structure was built out of red brick somewhere around the turn of the 19th into the 20th century. For such a large building, many town residents are unaware of its existence because of its distant proximity to Midland Avenue. Most onlookers are probably accustomed to seeing this style of building in Paterson, on once bustling sites of the Industrial Revolution.
The Paramus Historic Preservation Commission (PHPC) seeks to conserve and protect all sites, structures, and objects that represent and embody the historical and cultural heritage of Paramus. Through education and public awareness programs, the PHPC ultimately wishes to preserve the past while moving toward the future.
The PHPC will continue to build on the foundation established by the Bergen County Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs’ Historic Sites Survey(2000).
John A.G. Keil, Member
John has been a resident of Paramus since 1980. John’s wife Linda is a lifelong Paramus resident and the granddaughter of Henry Behnke. John and Linda own the John Behnke/Henry Behnke House which has been in their family for over one hundred and fifty years. As custodians of this house, they have a strong desire to keep the exterior of the home as historically accurate as possible befitting its role as one of Paramus’s original old farm houses. John and Linda have two daughters. John is a Senior Systems Analyst / Programmer with a local manufacturing company.
Herbert Carlough, Alternate Member
Herb is a life-long resident of the Borough of Paramus. His family has been in town for multiple generations and his last name is perhaps most recognizable for its association with the address for the Paramus Police Department: “1 Carlough Drive”, which was so named in Honor of the late Lieutenant Harry Carlough, Herb’s father. After receiving his B.A. from Montclair State College, Herb taught Industrial Arts in the Paramus Public Schools for over 40 years at both PHS and East Brook Middle School. He and his wife Karin restored and reside in a custom New England cape-styled house that was built on Farview Avenue in 1941. They also restored a 1939 log cabin in Highland Lakes, NJ. Herb and Karin have one son, Glenn, who also lives in Paramus. He and his wife have been in the antique business for more than 30 years, specializing in American country antiques. He is a charter member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Farview Avenue and has been a member and chairperson of Class Glass Corvette Association Car Show for 25 years. Herb hopes that his interest and devotion to historic preservation will be instrumental to the PHPC and Bergen County.
Matthew Corso, Member/Chair
A lifelong resident of Paramus, Matt has had a general interest in history ever since he can recall. His father, Roy, was a history teacher with an appreciation for antiques and restoration, so it's likely that Matt inherited his own affinity for history and preservation from his dad. While enrolled at Paramus High School, Matt created his own independent study project that focused on historic photojournalism. His interest in history was was piqued after riding around town, photographing and researching some of the most recognizable sites in Paramus like the Mount Saint Andrew Villa. He is currently a member of the Bergen County Historical Society, a docent at the Paramus Fritz Behnke Historical Museum, a board member for the Paramus Babe Ruth League, and chairperson of the PHPC. He graduated with a BA from Swarthmore College and currently spends his afternoons and evenings working towards a master's degree in counseling at New Jersey City University.
Peter Evans, Member/Vice-Chair
Peter is a graduate of Rutgers Golf Turf Management School. He works for the County of Bergen and lived in Paramus most of his life. He is most interested in the history of the borough and its diverse architecture. Peter was fortunate to have spent a great deal of time in some of Paramus’ most beautiful and historic homes while he was growing up. He acted as caretaker of the Terhune-Gardner-Lindenmeyr house and also resided in the Harmon Van Dien homestead. It is Peter’s belief that finding new, innovative aspects of historic preservation and fostering their growth in Paramus will ultimately lead to a more sustainable plan for the long-term future of his hometown. Through the PHPC, Peter looks forward to disseminating a wealth of historical information about our town and providing residents with essential knowledge about the places they walk by and drive past each and every day.
Cynthia Fordham, Member
Cynthia is a resident of neighboring River Edge and worked as the local history librarian at the Paramus Public Library for over 20 years. Before recently “semi-retiring”, she worked tirelessly to help assemble the local history room at the library, where many of the rarest and most treasured pieces of local literature are safely housed. Cynthia is excited to be part of the PHPC and is committed to the long-term preservation of the borough’s most treasured landmarks.
Larry Insley, Member/Secretary Treasurer
Larry is a life-long resident of Bergen County, presently living in Paramus. He has a BA from Rutgers and attained his masters from Fairleigh Dickinson summa cum laude. He taught high school history for 32 years where he was the department supervisor. As supervisor he wrote curriculum focusing on local history. He coordinated several projects in this area including developing a time capsule, reenacting famous events, and interviewing people with knowledge of local folk history. For the past 13 years Larry had been a residential real estate sales associate with Coldwell Banker in Ridgewood. Through this he has had the opportunity to tour every historic home that has come on the market in the past decade. He hopes to share his passion for history with the PHPC.
Joseph Warburton, Member
A lifelong resident of Harrison Street in Paramus, Joe has lived in the same 40-foot radius his entire life! He attended Memorial Elementary School, East Brook Middle School, and Paramus High School. Joe married his high school sweetheart, Donna, and has two children, Frankie and Julia Rose—both of whom have attended the same elementary and middle schools. Joe is committed to facilitating the perseveration of both the structures and land upon which they were built, but also the stories and memories of people and families that have helped define Paramus over the course of the last three centuries. While a member the PHPC, Joe hopes to help educate the community about its historical roots while continuing to move towards a bright future for his children.
Patrick Warburton, Alternate Member
Unlike his brother, Joe, Pat Warburton managed to escape the boundaries of Harrison Street by building his home about 100 yards away—settling with his wife Lorraine on the cross street of Harwood Place. A graduate of the Paramus Public Schools, Pat has coached the PHS freshman baseball team for over 30 years. His father and mother, Carl and Dorothy, came from Brooklyn to Paramus in the 1950s. Carl worked hard during Paramus’s development boom as a self-employed sheetrocker for Paramus Drywall. Pat followed in his father’s footsteps, establishing his own business in Paramus and raising his two boys—Patrick and Paul. Pat has always enjoyed relaying an oral history of Paramus and hopes to contribute to the PHPC in whatever capacity he can.
Liaison to the Mayor & Council: Donna Warburton
Please contact our chairperson with any interests, questions, comments, or concerns at
or (201) 403-6358. We look forward to hearing from you!
2013 Meeting Schedule
All meetings will begin at 7:30PM