1903 Classical Revival – Morristown, NJ

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Added to OHD on 6/14/10   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   19 Comments

679 Mount Kemble Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • $850,000
  • 7 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 5 Ac.
New description: The Hurstmont Mansion - Grand 1906 Estate designed by famed Architect Stanford White sold as-is. Good bones but extensive rehab req. Mansion will be reduced from 17,000 sqft down to 5,000-9,000 sqft. Exquisite features & history. 30 mile vistas to south. Price includes Mansion as-is and 5 ac. land. Approved for new in-ground pool. Septic approved but required. Please be sure to see other opportunities available at Hurstmont.

Old description: "Hurstmont" Grand 1906 Estate designed by famed Arch. firm of McKim, Mead & White. Exquisite features and history. Home has good bones but requires extensive renovations throughout. 30 mile vistas.
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15 Comments on 1903 Classical Revival – Morristown, NJ

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  1. John C says: 434 comments

    Although this is no longer listed, as recently as October21, 2011, a local paper reported an upcoming speech about preserving the structure and its history. See http://morristowngreen.com/tag/harding/

    An earlier story in the Star-Ledger explained that the 20 acre estate was in a parcel zoned for five acre residences and thus represented possible land for development. As well, the story continued, since the area was zoned single family, no investment tax credits applied. (This points to one of the problems of large homes: where local ordinances prohibit making the structure multi-family, the building may be rendered “too big to preserve”.) See http://photos.nj.com/star-ledger/2010/09/mr0905historylns.html

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1106 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I updated the post. Looks like the new owner has plans to tear down the home and build some condos. Can’t say I’m really surprised at this nor could I blame anyone for not wanting to take on the expensive project of restoration. As deteriorated as it became, I couldn’t even see anything that could be salvaged. Too bad, it was once such a great house.

  2. John C says: 434 comments

    Kelly, you so very often bring such pleasure and joy to your followers and almost as often mean the difference between survival and destruction of old structures. Console yourself, if it is possible, that the inevitable, ocassional loss such as this merely underlines the urgency of what you do and the importance of the efforts you make. YOu certainly did far more than, I imagine, almost anyone in bringing the structure’s situation to the attention of a wide public.

  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12601 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Back on the market. I wonder what happened with the guy who planned on turning these into condos?

  4. Jeff says: 28 comments

    There are a few old photos here.. pages 17-25 seem to work


  5. Matthew says: 1 comments

    The mansion has suffered from extreme water damage (i.e. the roof and interior partition walls have collapsed in many areas). The front entrance parcel, west portico, and part of the east wing will be saved and renovated while the service wing will be rebuilt as a garage. The overall square footage will be reduced.

    The carriage house on the property will also be converted to a new home.

    This house will NOT be demolished, and will in fact be renovated.

  6. Karen Huhn says: 11 comments

    I have walked around this property and it’s a beautiful piece of land and the house is amazing. We’ve peeked in the windows and it is severely damaged but you can still appreciate how beautiful the home must have been in its heyday. Another home on the property, named Glen Alpin, I believe is being restored. I think somehow Hurstmont is related to Glen Alpin. In any case, I hope the new owner does something historically significant and tries to restore some of it. I’m nervous about it being sold in pieces…and condos don’t make me feel real excited. I’ll keep looking, though and keeping my fingers crossed!

  7. Daidra says: 5 comments

    I went onto the property about 5 years ago. After driving past it almost daily I was eventually lured in. Took a peek in all the windows. Weird but there were lights on and garbage all over. My guess is that squatters lived there for many years. The property is amazing but house in horrible shape 🙁

  8. Charlotte Ludwig Baldassari says: 1 comments

    Check out this link to some interior pics.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12601 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Update! As you can see from the pics they’ve done a bit of demolishing to reduce the size so most of the mansion is gone. link

  10. Jenks says: 1 comments

    My great, great grandfather purchased this home from the Pyle family and owned it for some time. Thank you for providing these photos, sincerely. After seeing them, I can’t even express the kind of grief I am feeling. This home contained religious and historical artifacts from the founding of this country, partially because of my family’s history. Yes, it was a Stanford White home, decorated with the finest items available from that time. It also contained Quaker religious items that date back hundreds of years and paintings of my ancestors.

    I did contact this person attempting to buy back my family history, and also explain the significance of what he was finding so that it might be preserved. He never even returned my inquiry, I assume he was worried that it might threaten his ability to sell it to the highest bidder if it was ever understood.

    There were inscriptions throughout the property written by the poet and author Henry Van Dyke. These words are now my consolation for what has been lost to time and greed.

    Title: For The Friends At Hurstmont
    Author: Henry Van Dyke [More Titles by Van Dyke]


    The cornerstone in Truth is laid,
    The guardian walls of Honour made,
    The roof of Faith is built above,
    The fire upon the hearth is Love:
    Though rains descend and loud winds call,
    This happy house shall never fall.


    When the logs are burning free,
    Then the fire is full of glee:
    When each heart gives out its best,
    Then the talk is full of zest:
    Light your fire and never fear,
    Life was made for love and cheer.


    The lintel low enough to keep out pomp and pride:
    The threshold high enough to turn deceit aside:
    The fastening strong enough from robbers to defend:
    This door will open at a touch to welcome every friend.


    Time can never take
    What Time did not give;
    When my shadows have all passed,
    You shall live.


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