ABOUT The S.A.C.
Our store at 511 Morris Avenue in Summit, NJ has a rich history as special and unique as the treasures within.
The NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
1904 - 1946
On April 19, 1904, when Morris Avenue traffic was still predominantly horses and carriages, builders broke ground on the future site of The Summit Antiques Center.
Our building at 511 Morris Avenue began as the North Summit Neighborhood House, an institution founded to provide social services to the growing community of immigrant workers and families vital to Summit's silk mill and other industries.
Part of the international reformist settlement movement, and sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Summit, the Neighborhood House offered nondenominational religious services and a wide variety of educational and cultural programs to Summit residents of all ages.
After more than four decades of service to the people of Summit, the Neighborhood House closed its doors in 1946.
The building was sold to renowned toy-maker Islyn Thomas, president of the Newark-based Thomas Manufacturing Co., and used for the production and assembly of collectible plastic toys.
Over the next few decades, 511 Morris Avenue went on to host a variety of notable Summit businesses.
The SUMMIT ANTIQUES CENTER
1990 - present
In 1990, a dozen local antiques dealers came together to form The Summit Antiques Center in the rear wing of 511 Morris Avenue.
Within the decade, The Center expanded to fill the entire building, and dozens more antiques dealers added their singular visions and inventories to the enterprise.
More than a quarter century later, this former settlement house and manufacturing plant hosts the greatest selection of quality antiques in the New York area.
And like any of our antiques, history and character enhance the charm and beauty of this building we share.
The cooperative nature of the original Neighborhood House and the fun, industrious spirit of the postwar years continue still today at 511 Morris Avenue, the home of The Summit Antiques Center.