NEW YORK METRO MANSIONS
At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, America was building its own mansions with the same grandeur as the country mansions built at the same time in France and England.
The area surrounding New York City boasts several architectural jewels built during this time period that represent the best Old World-inspired historic homes built on American soil.
“Darlington” nestled in Mahwah, New Jersey is framed by the Ramapo Mountains and the Ramapo River and lies just twenty-five miles from New York City. It is regarded as one of the purest examples of Jacobean architecture ever built in the United States.
Darlington was constructed between 1902 and 1907 by the son of railroad magnate, Charles Crocker. The architect of the mansion was James Brite, who along with his partner, Henry Bacon, also created the original Madison Square Garden, American University in Washington D.C., and the world-famous Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Modeled directly after the historic Bramshill House in Hampshire, England, Darlington is built of “Harvard” brick with extensive use of Indiana limestone. Inside and out, the best materials of the time were used by master craftsmen from America and Italy.
Upon completion, the mansion was highly praised by the top architectural enthusiasts in the country who raved: “Darlington recalls in its studied lines the Luxemburg or Versailles”, “with California redwood as interior decoration, nowhere is its beauty and utility so richly or effectively demonstrated as in Darlington”, and “no private house in the United States is so rich in carvings wrought by hand out of solid wood.”
During the last five years, the mansion has been completely renovated. In this process, the original architectural genius was retained and original precious materials were preserved. At the same time, all mechanical systems were replaced, all bathrooms were rebuilt, and a new living area of 12,000 square feet was added. The renovation of the mansion was performed by a unique team of architects, designers, craftsmen, and local artists. Over 100 years after the original construction, the renovation project again employed the most talented Italian wood carvers (whose works include the Italian Parliament, as well as the Ritz Carlton and Waldorf Astoria in New York City) and the world’s top designers to bring the mansion into the 21st century.
As a result of the renovation, the mansion stands revealed as an architectural masterpiece in the footsteps of New York City, a unique residence with all the privacy necessary for quiet family life but also designed for grand entertaining.
Since 1997, “Darlington” has been listed as a special home in the United States National Register of Historic Places.