The Heights, located on the west side of the Village between W. Ridgewood and W. Glen Avenues, was mostly developed between 1892 and 1930. During that time Ridgewood’s population quadrupled. There is a remarkable homogeneity of size and scale to many of the houses throughout the district and, without being repetitive, the homes share common architectural elements and materials (shingle, stucco, stone, and brick), creating a high standard of visual harmony. The houses were designed by builder-architects, rather than by individual architects, and are in a wide variety of styles. Tudor and Colonial Revival account for about half of the homes and the rest are Arts and Crafts, Swiss Chalet, Dutch Colonial, Spanish Eclectic, Mediterranean Revival, French Renaissance, Gothic Revival and Queen Anne. The earliest development was along West Ridgewood Avenue, where pillars once marked the entrance to Heights Road.
Image: Collections of the Bolger Heritage Center.