Forest Hill: Past and Present

Planned and built by the Gilded Age’s wealthy industrialists of the Ballantine, Clark, Heller and Tiffany families in the late 1800s-early 1900s, Forest Hill originally served as a park side refuge from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Today, the Forest Hill Historic District is a standout example of historical preservation that has kept many of the neighborhood’s grandest features, while integrating diverse residents in terms of race, sexual orientation and income.

Photographer James Hogarty recently featured the North Ward enclave and spotlighted the vast range of architectural styles found between Verona Avenue, Mt. Prospect Avenue, 2nd Avenue, and Branch Brook Park.

For further reading on the history of Forest Hill’s development, we recommend Catharine Longendyck and Kathleen P. Galop’s Images of America: Forest Hill. For more information about current activities in neighborhood, contact the Forest Hill Community Association.

Featured image by James Hogarty