Monday, May 14, 2012


 'Beauregard', the Louis A. Thebaud estate designed by Roos & Booraem c. 1904 in Morristown, New Jersey.  Thebaud, an importer/exporter, was also a sportsman and philanthropist.  He was responsible for introducing wire-haired pointing griffons and Brittany spaniels in the country and funded the building of the maternity ward to All Souls Hospital where he was also a director.  During WWI he provided space to a local group known as the "Trench" which made surgical dressings and other medical supplies needed in the war effort.  The house is now part of a Care One facility, click HERE to see 'Beauregard' on google earth and HERE on bing.

Photos from Architectural Record, 1905.


The Ancient said...

Zach --

The article from the Architectural Record calls this a large suburban house approached from the street. But "The Mansions of Morris County" calls it "Beauregard" and says it was on a 300-acre tract on Madison Avenue. It also says Thebaud had the existing owner's "mansion" torn down before he built his own house.

There's also a good picture of the dining room you might want to snag for this post.

Zach L. said...

Thanks...I've also since found the house (and added links). I had been looking in entirely the wrong location.

The Down East Dilettante said...

It appears that the designer's conceit was to make it appear that it was a typical small tudor or jacobean manor remodeled in the early Georgian era.


chipon1 said...

the link that the Ancient gives us has 7 pages of pictures showing Florham. these pictures show the size and layout of the barn complex, an interesting view of the carriage house, playhouse and the orangery. additional information is there about florham
additionally the pages that follow todays post are full of pictures and some info about the mansions that at one time lined madison ave from the town of madison ( sports teams named the dodgers after geraldine rockefeller dodge who owned about one square mile of the town) to morristown, most were still extant until the early to mid 1970's. to be honest in most cases the mansions were in deplorable shape but they were still in place, it was quite a ride for those 3 and a half miles .

Anonymous said...

Chipon1, you are absolutely correct. If my memory serves me well, they began to raze them in 1972 or so.

And, you are also correct that it was quite a ride for the three and a half miles.

Morristown hasn't been the same since.


The Down East Dilettante said...

Am I the only one who noticed that the Evans and Shippen house pictures show the same house? I wonder which is correct?

archibuff said...

Morristown has always struck me as one of the worst examples of suburban sprawl. A seemingly endless tangle of expanded roads, office parks, institutions, commercial enterprises, corporate headquarters, residential developments and a few farms and estates scattered about with no rhyme or reason to sensible planning or zoning. Very unfortunate.

The Ancient said...

It's interesting to compare this with another Morristown house, The Evergreens, built by James Colles in 1836. (It survives today in a somewhat altered form as The Kellogg Club.),Morristown493.jpg

This was was a fairly large house in 1836, and just the sort of thing a rich man in New York might build for his family's use in the summer. (It was originally built on a substantial amount of property. Colles's son later moved the house to its current location.)

This is the only online picture I could find of the house as it originally looked:

(Colles is seated in a wicker chair on the grass to the left of the stairs. Standing at the bottom right of the stairs is his son-in-law, John Taylor Johnston, father of Emily de Forest. de Forest lived her Johnston grandfather's house on Washington Square, and with her husband commissioned houses from Stanford White, Grosvenor Atterbury, and several other prominent late 19th century architects.)

The same steps today:

Colles was a close friend of an absurd number of well-known figures in American history -- Albert Gallatin, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and many others. He was also close to John Jacob Astor, his partner in building the Astor Place Opera House. He made enough money to retire at a relatively young age, and lived into his mid-nineties. His principal residence was in Manhattan, at 11th and University Place.

Anonymous said...

Louis A. Thebaud was not actually in the family import-export business, Thebaud Bros. That part of the family was headed by his step brother Paul G. Thebaud (you earlier posted his house Hilaire on this site).

Louis Thebaud, despite coming from a prominent family, was actually not so wealthy until he married Gertrude McCurdy. The McCurdy money was mainly from very large insurance interests. The McCurdy house was nearby.

LAT was best known for owning the Gertrude L. Thebaud and for popularizing a Brittany Spaniels in America.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure that Louis A. Thebaud's much-younger second wife, a very nice French woman, still lived here until her death in the mid 1970s.