December 20, 2012

Can The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion Be Saved? | Oradell, New Jersey

Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey

The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion

 

The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion located on Kinderkamack Road in lovely Oradell, New Jersey, was originally built in 1897. 

 

The manse is interesting because it was a fine example of shingle-style architecture.


Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey
Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey
Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey

The original owner was Kimball Chase Atwood, and the second owner was Elmer Blauvelt who bought the home in 1926. 

 

The property also includes the former carriage house, which has housed the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum and Foundation, since 1957 (seen on the right of the last of the above photos.)

 

This small museum is a fascinating one, devoted to wildlife art and displays. It is free and open to the public. 

 

It is well worth a visit!


Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey

The home has been owned by another family since 1978, but they fell into financial straits which made it difficult to keep the home. 

 

The owner has really tried to keep the mansion from being razed, but finds it difficult and costly to maintain. 

 

The owners asked for help from the town of Oradell, but the town has also found maintaining the home to be difficult. 

The house has been the subject of much debate in the town of Oradell, since the owners have tried to find a buyer. At one point the owner sold the property for use as an assisted care facility, but the town fought back. 

Even though the home would qualify to be placed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, for some reason it has never been placed on either list! 
 
Right now the house is in foreclosure and the status of the mansion is in limbo. I don't know if this also includes the art museum.

 

Preservation New Jersey listed this mansion as one of the Top Ten Most Endangered sites in 2011.

 

The town will hold more hearings in January.

 
What will happen to the Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion? 

 

UPDATES 2022:

 

Not much has changed. 

 

In 2021 there was a hole in the roof which was repaired, but left preservationists more worried than ever about the building's fate.

 

The Art Museum is still thriving.


Please read my post on The Montclair Art Museum.


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December 18, 2012

Grover Cleveland Birthplace | Caldwell, New Jersey

Grover Cleveland Birthplace

Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States

 

He was the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. 

 

Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, where his father as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. 

 

The family moved away when the future president was four years old.


Grover Cleveland Birthplace

His birthplace is a historic landmark in Caldwell. Visitors are not allowed to take photographs inside the home most of the time, but I took some outside photos of the home dressed up for the holidays!

 

The home is open year-round from Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. 

 

Always call ahead to make sure that it is open!

 

Here is a photo of Grover Cleveland with his brothers and sisters:


Grover Cleveland Family

(Photo: Courtesy of NJ Div. of Parks and Forestry, State Park Service, Grover Cleveland Birthplace State Historic Site.) 

 

The Baby Ruth candy bar is an American classic. 

 

Rumors have persisted through the years that the chocolate bar was named after Babe Ruth, the iconic baseball player, but the candy company insisted that it was named after Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth. 

 

Read more about the Grover Cleveland Birthplace here. 

You can read more about Grover Cleveland here.


You can also read about the 2018 March for Our Lives in Morristown! 

 

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December 10, 2012

Christmas at Kingsland Manor | Nutley, New Jersey

Christmas tree


 Kingsland Manor


Kingsland Manor is a Dutch Colonial home dating from the 1700's, located in Nutley, New Jersey. 

 

Nutley is a town in Essex County. 

 

Martha Stewart grew up in Nutley, and Annie Oakley lived there as an adult.

Members of the Kingsland family were in America as early as the 1600s. 

 

The Nutley property was purchased by the family in 1790.

The town of Nutley acquired the property in 1973 and has spent much time in preserving the house.

Kingsland Manor is currently dressed up for the holidays!



Kingsland Manor

Kingsland Manor, Nutley, New Jersey

Kingsland Manor, Nutley, New Jersey

Kingsland Manor, Nutley, New Jersey

table with Christmas decorations

living room

writing desk

bed in bedroom

dresses

 

You may also want to read about another historic New Jersey house: 

 

Zenas Crane Homestead In West Caldwell


To learn more about Kingsland Manor, click here.

 

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