According to New Jersey Hills, the Madison Chamber of Commerce has decided to award Craig Erezuma, a Madison resident, community volunteer, and business professional with Madison’s “Merchant of the Month” award. Erezuma is the owner of local business Erezuma Architect, and has been a resident of Madison for the past 23 years.
Chamber of Commerce President Kenneth Toumey noted the many contributions Erezema had made to Madison as both a volunteer and through his practice as an architect, calling him a “contributing factor in the fabric of Madison.” Erezuma knew he wanted to be an architect from the age of six, and his passion for the industry helped lead him well throughout his career. He performed his first basement renovation at the tender age of 12.
Erezema, for his part, remains excited about the work he does in the community and surrounding areas of Morris County, New York City and beyond. “My experiences over the nearly 20 years of practicing architecture have had me be a part of a wide array of projects and experiences,” he said in an interview with New Jersey Hills. “They all play a part in understanding the built world around us. It’s a unique path in life and I’m glad to be on it.” He has worked on everything from famous historical buildings to furniture stores, and it’s worth noting that sofas can look differently displayed in a home than in a store.
Erezema has been instrumental in his impact around local Madison, with collaborations intended to improve the overall look of the downtown area. Erezema recommended that Coccia Realty, for example, use a wooden wall treatment outside in order to develop an Art Deco-inspired facade. The wall in its completion was so stunning that it won Madison’s “Best Renovation of the Year” award back in 2011.
The architect also brought his technical know-how to various historical projects, including the facade changes at 7 Waverly Place. The former Methodist church, dating to the 19th century, was renovated to upkeep its traditional appearance despite no photograph of the structure existing to indicate how it looked when in use as a church. Erezuma was able to piece together details and contribute his take on how the building should be updated. When his plan was presented to the Madison Historiacal Preservation Commission, they unanimously approved it.
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