Sven E. Danielson Jr., whose passion and career, the restoration of historic buildings, were one and the same, died in Castine, Me., on Jan. 17 of metastatic melanoma. He was 70 and had moved to Castine 10 years ago.
Mr. Danielson lived in Amagansett from 1985 to 1995, where he restored a notable house o Further Lane East He then returned to the Tewksbury area of New Jersey, where he had grown up. He renovated a townhouse there, in which he lived and worked until retiring to Castine, on the coast of Maine, and restoring his final home. In New Jersey, he had developed the Fields of Tewksbury and Bisssell Run and redeveloped a historic site in Hunterdon County called Dart’s Mill into a small office complex and day care center. These projects brought him recognition in such magazines as Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Homes, and others.
Mr. Danielson studied urban planning at New York University and worked in northern New Jersey for three years as a county planner. He had also attended St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, N.J., and Moravian College in Pennsylvania. He was born in Somerville, N.J., on May 23, 1942, the son of Sven Danielson Sr. and Hazel Hoffman Danielson.
In addition to restoring buildings to their original state (but with modern conveniences), Mr. Danielson became known for his knowledge of antiques and his ability as a decorator.
In keeping with his wishes, his ashes are to be buried in a family plot in Lebanon, N.J. Donations in his memory have been suggested for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.