In 1861 South Orange Township was created. It was until 1922 that the name changed to what we now know as Maplewood. Much of the architecture is the work from the Guibert and Betelle firm, which was known for its “Collegiate Gothic” style of architecture. Notable buildings in this style include Columbia High School (1927) and the Maplewood Municipal Building (1931). The centerpiece of town is Memorial park, a 25-acre oasis designed by the renowned Olmstead brothers in 1922. In 1931 the park was dedicated to the men and women from Maplewood who served in World War I.
In 1900 there were 1,630 people living in Maplewood. By 1910 there were 2,979 people; in 1920 there were 5,282 people; 1930 there were 21,321; as of the 2010 census, there were 23,867 people living in Maplewood. The population boom between 1920 and 1930 (303%) accounts for the majority of the housing units (57.6%) being built in 1939 or earlier.
The connection between South Orange and Maplewood is strong and is exemplified by its merged school district.
Maplewood has an eclectic population and has produced a variety of pervasive things in our larger culture. Most prominently Ultimate Frisbee, which was invented here in 1968, and the wooden golf tee in (circa 1921). Each July there is an annual music festival called Maplewoodstock. A native of Maplewood, Zach Braff, set the movie Garden State in his hometown.
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