Thoresen & Linard
Planning Architect New York
Zoning Architect | Environmental Architect
Site Planning and Site Development
Windsor, Washington Township, New Jersey
Site Planning Architecture Project
Client: Trafalgar House Residential
Size: 40 acres
The village of Windsor is a small agricultural community that has remained relatively untouched by recent development pressure on the area. It is located about 12 miles southeast of Princeton. Many of the houses that line the two streets of the Village date from 1820-1860 when the Greek Revival style was popular. Although most of them are modest, the Village has a cohesive quality that distinguishes it from the surrounding communities.
The site is 40 acres of fallow farmland and woods. Working within the criteria proposed by the Town Planners for a conservation area, as opposed to the existing 2-acre zoning regulations, we planned 80 residences, both detached and semi-detached, on 8,5000 s.f. lots laid out in a grid parallel to the existing streets. The grid was chosen to propagate the village atmosphere and reinforce the existing street fabric. Each house would be about 1,200 s.f with a garage accessible from a rear alley.
Architectural elements and scale of nineteenth century village houses, such as porches, picket fences, brick sidewalks, cast iron lamps, etc. would be recognized in the new development. About one third of the site, including a pond, woodlands, a small park and playground, would remain commonly open space.