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.
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
Matthew is a lifelong resident of Paramus. While enrolled at Paramus High School, he created his own
independent study project that focused on photojournalism and historic buildings around town. His
appreciation for Paramus' historic sites was born out of this experience. He is currently a member
of the Bergen County Historical Society and Chairman of the PHPC. He graduated with a BA from
Swarthmore College and earned an MA in Counseling at New Jersey City University. He now serves
as a School Guidance Counselor.
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.
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.
William Burke, Alternate Member
Arlene Berlamino, Member
Karen Delamater, Member
Liaison to the Mayor & Council: Jeanne Weber
Please contact our chairperson with any interests, questions, comments, or concerns at
or (201) 403-6358. We look forward to hearing from you!
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2016 Meeting Schedule
All meetings will be held in the Borough Hall Kitchen at 7:30pm.
Meeting Minutes Archive