Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm
The November House Tour is a signature event for the Historical Society of Princeton, highlighting significant architecture and design in the homes of our supportive community!
Volunteer to be a Docent or Cashier and see all the houses on the tour for just $10 – a $40 discount! Our Docents and Cashiers are the heart of our House Tour. Click here to view the Docent/Cashier registration form.
Are you interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor for the House Tour? We offer multiple sponsorship levels, all of which include advertising in the 2019 House Tour ticket booklet – which serves as the official ticket for the tour and contains histories and information about each featured house. Your ad will reach hundreds of people, most of them local, all of them passionate about architecture, design, history, and sustaining a vibrant Princeton community. Information regarding sponsorship levels available here.
To view the 2018 House Tour ticket booklet with ads, please click here.
Houses on 2019 House Tour
Manor House at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1128 Great Road
Perhaps one of the most intricate homes designed by prolific Princeton architect, Rolf Bauhan, the Manor House was constructed for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Dignan and completed around 1930. Mrs. Dignan’s family owned the Ward Baking Company, makers of Wonder Bread. Bauhan’s largest residential project, Manor House showcases his characteristic attention to detail, from stained glass representing Arthurian legends to complex plasterwork, carved wood detail, and decorative copper downspouts. The original 1930s kitchen, with antique dishwasher, remains preserved. Manor House’s expansive grounds retain a walled garden with stone gazebos and a groundskeeper’s cottage.
56 Balcort Drive
This imaginative renovation extended what was once a 1,600-square-foot pattern-book house, built in the 1930s by a carpenter for the Matthews Construction Company, into a sizable modern home respectful of the original’s Dutch Colonial style. Original features of the cottage, such as fireplaces, a staircase, and cabinetry, dot the expanded home, with pre-war fixtures and other salvaged antiques added throughout. The rare tiger maple and typhoon green granite kitchen was featured in the Wall Street Journal. A nature walk winds under large American Elms through the thoughtfully landscaped grounds.
211 Winant Road
This stunning, Tudor Revival home was constructed for Moses Taylor Pyne’s mother, Albertina. Pyne, a noted philanthropist and owner of Drumthwacket, engaged his favored architect, Raleigh Gildersleeve, to design the house, which was completed around 1900. In the century that followed, the grand home fell into disrepair. The current owners completed a top-to-bottom renovation by architect David Abelow, a protégé of I.M. Pei, opening up the structure to give the home an urban, loft-like feel while still retaining the appropriate grandeur. The original brick walls and Carnegie steel beams are exposed and juxtaposed with formal plasterwork. A striking three-story glass and metal main stair illuminates the space. Extraordinary attention-to-detail distinguishes this mansion’s not-to-be-missed rescue story.
6 Highland Road
This modern house serves as the design laboratory of interior designer, Katie Eastridge. The house forms part of the unique Province Hill neighborhood, which was developed by Richard Dickson and designed by Short and Ford in the late 1970’s with empty nesters in mind. The original home, which features a dramatic central fireplace and tall angled ceilings, has been completely reimagined by Katie Eastridge in her signature exuberant style. The highly edited interior blends Katie’s personal collections (some from her childhood home) with her own furniture design and rare, authentic specimens of mid-century modern design.
29 Cleveland Lane
This classic Tudor-style home was one of the earliest residences on Cleveland Lane, a street newly carved out of the former Morven Tract enclave. The home recently enjoyed a top-to-bottom renovation by Baxter Construction, installing a gleaming new kitchen and bathrooms and faithfully upgrading period hardware, including turn-of-the-century knobs and push-button light switches. Works by local artists decorate the walls of this house that seamlessly blends the traditional with the modern. A new bluestone patio graces the backyard next to an original shed built out of the argillite stone on Princeton University’s collegiate gothic buildings.
This traditional house nestled in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, built around 1880, encloses a jewelbox of whimsical design. A recent addition and renovation led by Material Design Build and Steven S. Cohen, Architect P.C. created a colorful new kitchen, master bath, and treehouse library space. Eclectic furnishings and exposed wood salvaged from the original home, as well as the former SAVE animal shelter and a high school gymnasium’s bleachers, add accents throughout the house. The backyard features an array of fruit trees and sizable home garden.
We are grateful to the 2019 House Tour Lead Sponsors:
Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty
HSP also thanks our other 2019 House Tour Sponsors:
Deborah Leamann Interiors
Julius Gross Decorators
Ovation at Riverwalk
Ronica A. Bregenzer, Architects LLC
Schulte Restorations, Inc.
T. Jeffery Clarke, Architect
Van Note-Harvey Associates
Woodwinds Associates Inc.