Thursday, April 11, 2013

'Hollow Hill Farm'

 'Hollow Hill Farm', the Paul Moore estate designed by Harrie Lindeberg c. 1914 in Convent Station, New Jersey.  Moore's son Paul Moore Jr. was the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and Newark.  'Hollow Hill Farm' was demolished in the 1980s, click HERE for more on the development.

Photos from Architecture, 1915.


The Down East Dilettante said...

Such a handsome house. Lindeberg was one of the most imaginative of the age.

In the Times article about the development, the developers said, as they always seem to do, that the house would be saved.

Always hilarious to read developer-speak. Exactly what does it mean to 'articulate the roof'?

"The new housing built at Hollow Hill will try to recreate some of the atmosphere of the manor house. Mr. McNally said the condominium town houses would be built in clusters, some with as few as four units, and will resemble a single large mansion.

''The architecture will articulate the manor house,'' he said. ''We can't duplicate the roof, but we'll do the best we can with sculpted asphalt shingles.''

For what else it's worth, Addison Mizner designed a handsome pair of houses on far South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach for the Moores and Mrs. Moore's sister (Mrs. Moore was on of the fabulously rich Hanna sisters of Cleveland). Those houses are having their own problems these days, victims of the lip service given to the importance of Mizner's architecture in Palm Beach, vs. the new zillionaire's needs to put their stamp on everything they touch.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Correction: The Mizner houses were built for Paul Moore and his brother Edward, not for Moore and his brother-in-law. Oops.

chauncy primm said...

Baltimore has several double houses/ group houses that were built thankfully in the 1920s and 11930s and man they are gorgeous! I think of them when i look at this elegant and subtle Tudor style house. Just an amazing house period.

Kellsboro Jack said...

What a waste "progress" is!

In 1981 the property served as a "Mansion in May" the well known fundraiser in NJ - Women's Association of Morristown Medical Center.

Anonymous said...

The mansion burned in the 1980's quite severely and more than likely due to arson so except for the bell tower this unique property is no longer with us. progress doesnt slways mean an improvement. RT

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Anonymous said...

I remember this home very well. My friend and I used to take a walk every evening along Woodland Avenue. One evening we walked up the driveway and peered into the house. It was empty at the time. This must have been before 1985. I was living in Morristown at the time, not far from Convent Station.


Anonymous said...

Mike Ryer said
The comical roofed structure was actually the firehouse for the property. Mr. Moore had fire hydrants installed throughout the property. There was a hand-drawn hose wagon in the building for use by the workman in case of a fire.