Martin, who grew up in Madison, has lived in one of Summit's historic houses with her husband and their three children since 1988.
Holding a degree in art history from Smith College, Martin continued to pursue her interest in American decorative arts and architecture by receiving a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Drew University in 2010. Martin's studies are what led her to begin the research that culminated in 'Summit Historic Homes,' which includes the following highlights:
- More than 200 vintage images of the magnificent homes of Summit.
- Rarely seen before images of residences designed by local architects, including John N. Cady, Benjamin V. White, Louis R. Hazeltine, Joy Wheeler Dow, William A. Balch, Perry R. MacNeille and Richard S. Shapter.
- The influence of the railroad and how it affected the development of northeastern New Jersey.
- Well-known Summit sites such as the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the Beacon Hill Club, the Fortnightly Club and the DeBary Inn.
The local historian hopes to inspire fellow Summit homeowners to consider doing some research on their own homes while appreciating the city's rich architectural legacy.
Released Oct. 21, 'Summit Historic Homes' will be available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.
Martin is donating profits from the sale of the book to the Summit Historical Society.