Plaza Building1

The Plaza Building was the center of the community. In addition to the stores, the offices of the Radburn Association were located in the building, as well as a number of classrooms, a library and other spaces for use of the residents. After the purchase of Grange Hall some of these functions were transferred there.

The New York Times, 25 February 1930, pg. 34.
     A Chess tournament. Dr. Raymond Bristol, Oliver C. Hall, Edward Hopkins, Clarence Herdt and Reeves Kennedy participated.2

The Arts and Crafts Guild, 1932.
Art Class, conducted by Mr. N. J. Ressetar. Instruction will be given in painting, and in water color, pencil, charcoal and pen and ink work. Also freehand drawing, perspective and composition. Mr. Ressetar is a graduate architect and has conducted classes in the above subjects in a leading American University. His work was exhibited at the "Traveling Art Exhibits" which were lent to colleges, schools, and museums throughout the United States. He is now a senior designer on the staff of W. and J. Sloane in New York, specializing in furniture, interior decoration, murals and illustration.3

The Radburn Bulletin, 27 October 1932.
On Friday the 28th Dr. Likert will start the first of the six lectures in the Psychology Series, planned by the Education Committee. The topic of the first lecture will be "Emotions: Their Nature and Control." This will include a discussion of the emotions and how they affect our behaviour, and the importance of controling our emotions and different ways of so doing. A period following the lecture has been set aside for discussion. The lecture will take place in Room 204 of the Plaza Building.4

The Radburn Bulletin, 27 October 1932.
The first discussion in the series on "Economics of Health Practices," sponsored by the Health and the Adult Education Committee and featuring local men, will be held on 31 Oct 1932 in the Club Room in the Plaza Building. Mr. R. A. Learned, Executive Secretary of the Society for Instruction in First Aid to the Injured, will discuss and demonstrate first aid practices; attention will be given to fractures, dislocations, sprains; the nervous system, shocks; the blood and its circulation, unconsciousness, fainting, apoplexy; hemorrhage, wounds, poisons and poisening; accidents to the head; convulsions and fits in children; burns. No registration is required for this course on health practices. All are invited.4

The Radburn Bulletin, 27 October 1932.
The first meeting of the group studying French Literature will meet in Room 204, Plaza Building. The lectures, given by Kenneth N. McKee of New York University, will be conducted in English. The subject for the first lecture and subsequent discussion is "French Literature Before the Renaissance"; formation of the French language: Song of Roland; Round Table legends; folklore and didactic poems; medieval theater; François Villon; religious and social institutions of the Middle Ages; etc. Registration fee $1.00.5

The Radburn Bulletin, 27 October 1932.
The first service of the New Era of The Church in Radburn will be held on 30 Oct 1932 in the Assembly Room of the Plaza Building and will be conducted by Rev. Deane Edwards, who will preach on "The Trilogy of Spiritual Greatness," John 13:1-4. A special invitation is extended to everyone to join in this hour of worship. The Sunday Church School will meet as usual at 10 am and 11 am in the Plaza Building and the Children's House.6

The Arts and Crafts Guild, 1932.
Linoleum Handicraft, conducted by W. F. Tode. Class to meet for personal instruction and critcism on Tuesdays in the Workshop. This class will take up: book plates, block printing (curtains, friezes), decorative panels, screens, tray tops, waste baskets. Mr. Tode is a graduate architect, has practised with a leading Canadian firm of architects and designers, was a consultant on the New York Life Insurance Company Building and is now professionally associated with W. and J. Sloane in New York City as a senior designer, planning, decoration and equipment specialist.3

The Arts and Crafts Guild, 1932.
Furniture Re-covering conducted by Mrs. W. K. Jealous. This group will of necessity meet primarily for consultation and discussion, but small pieces of furniture may be brought to the workshop and a place will be provided for their safe-keeping. Mrs Jealous, who studied at the Boston Museum School of Art, has many practical suggestions on furniture re-covering and the decorative treatment of fabrics. Her practical experience and knowledge have caused her to be retained as consultant on many interior decoration projects.7

The Arts and Crafts Guild, 1932.
Women's Class conducted by Mrs. W. K. Warren and Miss C. B. Robinson. Mrs. Warren has had training in arts and handicrafts at internationally famous institutions and instruction in oil painting, commercial illustration and design under recognized masters. She is an instructor in a school of design and commercial illustration. Her Work has appeared in Arts and Decoration Magazine. Classes in Metal Working, Decorative Arts and Batik will be offered.8


  1. [S3] Radburn Association, Map of Radburn, NJ, c. 1990.
  2. [S22] NY Times, 25 Feb 1930. pg. 34.
  3. [S20] Robert B. Hudson, Radburn, pg. 108.
  4. [S20] Robert B. Hudson, Radburn, pg. 101.
  5. [S20] Robert B. Hudson, Radburn, pg. 103.
  6. [S20] Robert B. Hudson, Radburn, pg. 102.
  7. [S20] Robert B. Hudson, Radburn, pg. 108-9.
  8. [S20] Robert B. Hudson, Radburn, pg. 109.