Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2016
Faircourt, an exquisite Bernardsville estate once owned by the first in-laws of philanthropist Brooke Astor, will be the setting for the 2016 Homes of Distinction reception and silent auction. This Tuscan style 30,000 square-foot villa sits on 15 acres landscaped by the son of Frederick Law Olmstead. It was first built in 1897 and has recently undergone a gorgeous transformation under its current owners. The home is so stunning it was featured in the November 2015 issue of Architectural Digest!
On Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 pm, local historian W. Barry Thomson, co-author of the two-volume work, New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills, will present a free illustrated talk about the fascinating history of “Faircourt.” Click here to sign up to attend the lecture.
The Foundation expects the 2016 Homes of Distinction fundraiser to be a sell-out event, so mark your calendars now for Sunday, May 15! Check back here for ticket information in the near future.
Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2015
Homes of Distinction 2015 was held at Little Brook Farm in Bernardsville. Little Brook Farm, now the home of Monique and Gregg Seibert, has a long and charming history. Portions of the house and outbuildings date back to the 1840’s, but the property is primarily associated with the Babbott family, who lovingly developed it into a gracious country estate in the mid 1930’s.
Remembering his first sight of the property, Dr. Babbott wrote, “We stopped and gazed … at what we felt to be The Promised Land. We felt content, for Little Brook Farm had its back on Bernardsville Mountain and its toes in Pleasant Valley.”
Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2014
Homes of Distinction 2014 was held at the historic Peachcroft estate, courtesy of Anne and Sal Giordano, the current owners. Sitting high on the Bernardsville Mountain, Peachcroft is an imposing fieldstone estate completed in 1907 for J. William Clark, president of the Clark Thread Company of Newark. Originally from Scotland, the Clark family created one of the first truly multinational companies. Their prominence in society was further enhanced when William Clark, the eldest Clark son, married Marjory Blair, the eldest daughter of C. Ledyard Blair, on September 20, 1913. Their wedding at nearby Blairsden was the social event of the year and attended by more than 600 guests.
Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2013
Homes of Distinction 2013 showcased two magnificent mansions of our area whose owners allow guests the opportunity to attend a party in their homes to raise funds for the Bernardsville Public Library Foundation. The 2013 event featured two beautiful French Country Manor homes: Westover, built in 1938 and remodeled by interior designer Jeffrey B. Haines and his wife Patty in 2002, and Harmony Hollow, built in 1920 and renovated by real estate industry leader Richard L. Schlott and his wife Kim in 2007.
Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2012
Homes of Distinction 2012 offered guests the opportunity to attend an afternoon cocktail party at two of Bernardsville’s finest mansions: Kenilwood, owned by Richard and Andrea Hall, or Tall Oaks, owned by Herb and Cathy Vinnicombe. Kenilwood was built by and for George B. Post in 1902 and rebuilt in the Gothic Revival style the following year after a fire. It was lived in by the Post family for eighty years and one of its most famous later owners was Mike Tyson, world heavyweight boxing champion. Tall Oaks, a sprawling Georgian style mansion, was originally named Brick House when it was built in 1909. One of its most famous owners was Swing Era Band Leader Tommy Dorsey, who lived there from 1935 to 1944.