Andover business honored with award

The barn wins New Good Neighbor distinction


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  • NJBIA Acting President Melanie Willoughby (left) and NJBIA Board Chairman Matt Wright (right) present an NJBIA New Good Neighbor Award to Perona Farms Vice President Tracy Ivaldi during NJBIA’s 54 Annual New Good Neighbor Awards Luncheon.



— The Barn at Perona Farms in Andover was recently honored with a 2014 New Good Neighbor Award from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and New Jersey Business magazine.

NJBIA Acting President Melanie Willoughby presented the award to Tracy Ivaldi, Perona Farms vice president, at the 54th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards luncheon held at the Pines Manor in Edison last month.

“The New Good Neighbor Awards are a celebration of the good things businesses do for the whole state, and thanks to the winners’ vision and determination, we have a lot to celebrate this year,” said NJBIA Acting President Melanie Willoughby. “The builders, developers and designers have invested their money, talent, and time to make these projects a reality and New Jersey is a better place because of it.”

Presented jointly by the NJBIA and New Jersey Business magazine, the New Good Neighbor Awards annually recognize the best and most exciting renovations, expansions and new developments in the state. Winners are chosen based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit and community involvement.

Built in 1931, The Barn at Perona Farms was used as a dairy barn until 1964. The nearly $500,000 in renovations to The Barn began in Sept. 2012 and were completed in April 2013. Fourth generation owners, the Avondoglios, worked tirelessly to ensure that the original architecture was preserved and remained a focal point.

Today, The Barn at Perona Farms is a favorite wedding venue among brides and grooms thanks to its gorgeous architecture and unique features, as well as for the traditional quality of Perona Farms’ food and service.

The downstairs features rustic décor with a touch of country elegance, showcasing a handsome red elm bar, locally made oak tables with restored milk cans as seats, and a wall of light-inundated barn-style windows. The upstairs is set with custom-made live edge poplar tables and uplighting that emphasizes the original structural design of The Barn’s cathedral-style ceiling.

The materials used for the project were all locally sourced. The wood used for the custom-made tables was hand picked from the Monkey Mill in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania; the milk cans and tractor seats were purchased from local antique stores and retailers; the church pews were bought from a church in Whitestone, New York, and the red leather banquette couch is a treasure from the popular and now gone Llewellyn Farms restaurant in Morris Plains. The contractor utilized only local electricians, plumbers, carpenters, lighting specialists and other subcontractors.

The project was designed by Charles Schaffer Associates LLC of Newton. The primary builder was Master Construction LLC of Branchville. Tammie Horsfield, President,

Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, nominated the project.

This year’s nominated projects comprised a total of nearly $1 billion in development and created almost 10,000 jobs in the state. An independent panel of judges selected the winners.

With 20,000 members, NJBIA is the nation’s largest state-level employers association. New Jersey Business magazine is NJBIA’s flagship publication.


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