Old York Country Club Warehouse Development

Burlington County, New Jersey


Dovetail is conducting a multi-phased cultural resource study for the redevelopment of the Old York Country Club property in Chesterfield Township, New Jersey. The proposed project entails the construction of a 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse and associated facilities. Dovetail’s work includes:

  • All phases of archaeological study
  • Archival studies
  • Intensive-level architectural analysis
  • Historic American Building Survey (HABS) documentation
  • Interpretive signage
  • Extensive local and state agency coordination

During the cultural resource studies, the team identified the 1740 Black House, so named due to archival research and the unique brickwork on the gable end of the historic home noting its construction date and the initials of the original owner. Dovetail has documented the 1740 Black House to HABS standards and conducted state-specific, intensive-level architectural studies on this resource and the surrounding golf course. Surrounding the 1740 Black House is an associated historic archaeological site, which has been the subject of Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III studies. Dovetail is currently working with the team to orchestrate moving the building to a new location on the same property. Once on its new site, an interpretive sign will be created to detail the history of the parcel.

In addition to technical studies, Dovetail is also working with the client to coordinate the studies with both the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (NJHPO) and the local Chesterfield historical commission. This coordination has involved numerous in-person and virtual meetings and telephone calls, oral history interviews, and dialogues on all project components. The team is assuring that work meets local- and state-level guidelines as well as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

The project highlights Dovetail’s experience in working on complex cultural resource undertakings. All tasks have been coordinated with both local and state agencies, and extensive coordination has allowed the process to remain on schedule.