Rutherfurd Hall

Rutherfurd Hall is a historic house located in Allamuchy Township, Warren County, New Jersey.

Rutherfurd Hall
Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy Township, NJ - looking northeast.jpg
Rutherfurd Hall is located in Warren County, New Jersey
Rutherfurd Hall
Rutherfurd Hall is located in New Jersey
Rutherfurd Hall
Rutherfurd Hall is located in the United States
Rutherfurd Hall
Location1686 Route 517, Allamuchy Township, New Jersey
Coordinates40°54′52″N 74°48′48″W / 40.91444°N 74.81333°W / 40.91444; -74.81333Coordinates: 40°54′52″N 74°48′48″W / 40.91444°N 74.81333°W / 40.91444; -74.81333
Area34.4 acres (13.9 ha)
Built1902 (1902)
ArchitectWhitney Warren
Architectural styleTudor Revival
NRHP reference No.11000592[1]
NJRHP No.4562[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 24, 2013
Designated NJRHPJune 2, 2011

The property was added as a historic district to the National Register of Historic Places on April 24, 2013 for its significance in architecture and social history.[1][3]

HistoryEdit

Rutherfurd Hall was the estate of husband and wife Winthrop Chanler Rutherfurd and Alice Morton Rutherfurd. After Alice's death from appendicitis, Rutherfurd married his second wife Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd. Construction began in 1902 and included a mansion, gardens, boathouse, swimming beach, hydroelectric powerhouse, 9-hole golf course, and kennels.

Rutherfurd Hall is one of the last extant large country estates in New Jersey constructed at the turn of the 20th century, and represents the country life movement which began in America following the Civil War, when the wealthy constructed large estates in rustic settings near major cities. Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the estate in the 1930s to meet with Lucy Rutherfurd. In 1948, the property was donated to the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity, who used it as a retreat and training center and eventually a convalescent facility for retired nuns.

An additional wing was added to the mansion in 1959.

The passage of the 2004 Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, which placed the property in the highly development-restricted Preservation Area, dashed hopes by the religious order to sell the property to speculative development interests and they brought suit against the State of New Jersey. The Highlands Act was upheld in court, yet this contentious action eventually yielded to the more appropriate land use that exists today in which the historic character of the former estate and the integrity of the Highlands natural resources are maintained under the current ownership and the adaptive reuse of the property.[4]

The property was sold to the State of New Jersey and the Allamuchy Township School District in 2007.[1]

In 2013, the State of New Jersey awarded $50,000 to the school district for a preservation project at Rutherfurd Hall.[5]

DesignEdit

The mansion was designed by Whitney Warren, and is a Tudor Revival brick and stone structure occupying three floors, with approximately 38 rooms.[3] It has been expanded to an additional 50 rooms. The grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers, with the intent of creating a picturesque landscape of "well-kept, simple neatness."[6]

Current useEdit

Rutherfurd Hall is owned and managed by the Allamuchy Township School District, and is used as a community education and cultural facility. The general information phone number is (908) 852-1894.[7] It is also rented for private functions including beautiful weddings utilizing the grand interior and breathtaking landscape. The Executive Director of Rutherfurd Hall is Laurie Rapisardi. The Rutherfurd Hall Foundation supports projects at the site.

The property is located next to Allamuchy Mountain State Park.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Mark Alan Hewitt Architects (May 2011). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form - Ruthfurd Hall" (PDF). National Park Service.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Warren County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. August 17, 2017. p. 1.
  3. ^ a b http://www.njskylands.com/hs_rutherfurd_121
  4. ^ "Landscape History Report, Rutherfurd Hall, Warren County, Allamuchy, NJ" p.21. SED Design. November 2012
  5. ^ Crescitelli, Louis (August 13, 2013). "Governor Signs Oroho, McHose & Space Bill To Benefit Rutherfurd Hall". New Jersey Senate Republicans.
  6. ^ "Landscape History Report, Rutherfurd Hall, Warren County, Allamuchy, NJ" (PDF). SED Design. November 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.aes.k12.nj.us/Domain/57

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