Talk: History of the Trent House

October 19, 2019 2 pm

Princeton Preservation Group and

Trent House Association Present

History and Preservation of the William Trent House

with Kevin Joy, Historic Preservationist

October 19, 2019

2 pm


The 1719 home of Trenton’s namesake, William Trent, is the topic of this program. The William Trent House, now a museum, is significant historically and architecturally. In the course of its 300-year existence, it has seen many structural changes, in spite of which it remains remarkably intact. In this lecture, Joy will present a brief history of the house, an overview of its architecture, and examine in detail structural changes over the years. He will also discuss recent rehabilitations and the conservation and preservation challenges faced in maintaining an antique house museum. An optional tour of the house will be conducted after the program.

Kevin Joy is a retired NYC Music Business Executive and longtime resident of Bucks County. He is past President of the Trent House Association in Trenton, New Jersey, and is an Historic Preservation consultant and Architectural Historian with projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Kevin’s interest in historical architecture began in 1990 when he bought and restored the Samuel Cooper homestead in Solebury, PA. Inspired by the history and architecture surrounding him, he returned to college to study Architectural History and Historic Preservation and is a Certified Historic Preservationist. He is determined to help preserve and conserve the local resources that so inspired him. Kevin is pleased to serve as Vice Chair for the New Hope, PA, Historical Architecture Review Board and is Vice President of the New Hope Historic Society. He has conducted comparative architectural and building conservation studies of the 1719 Trent House Museum and has recently completed overseeing the architectural rehabilitation of the house.

Free to attend. RSVP requested to

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