The architects George A. Freeman and Francis G. Hasselman designed the earliest houses in the subdivision, which now numbers some 80 homes built largely between 1907 and 1946. The varied architectural styles include Tudor Revival, American Foursquare, Craftsman, Colonial Revival and Prairie influences. The neighborhood’s streets consist of Godfrey Road, Edgemont Road, Princeton Place, Carteret Street, Oakcroft Avenue and The Parkside. Streets running north/south directly link to paths through Anderson Park. Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 astronaut, grew up in one of Oakcroft’s original homes.
Montclair’s Historic Preservation Commission nominated Oakcroft for designation as a historic district, but in 2020 objections from residents shelved that effort.
From “Building Oakcroft: A ‘Residential Park,” by Lisanne Renner (2009, updated January 2020). Learn more about Oakcroft at HistoricOakcroft.org.