“Glen Alpin and the Country Houses of Morris County” Lecture Oct. 23

Benefit For Historic Preservation Projects

Madison, NJ (September 23, 2005) –Preservation architect and award-winning author Mark Alan Hewitt will speak on “Glen Alpin and the Country Houses of Morris County” on Sunday, October 23 at 3 p.m.

The event, which is open to the public, is cosponsored by the Friends of Florham and the Glen Alpin Conservancy. The lecture will be held in the historic Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ, and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Great Hall.

Hewitt, a nationally-recognized preservation architect who teaches historic preservation in the Art History Department of Rutgers University, is a principal of Mark Alan Hewitt Architects in Bernardsville, NJ, and has taught at leading schools of architecture, including Rice University Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author of the award-winning book “The Architect & the American Country House.” Robert A.M. Stern calls Hewitt’s book “thoroughly researched and cogently argued.” Stern notes that “this book brings together for the first time the aesthetics and sociology of the American Country house…and promises to become the foundation for all future research.”

Hewitt’s numerous publications on architecture and historic preservation include “Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms: The Quest for an Arts and Crafts Utopia” and the forthcoming “Carrère & Hastings: Architecture & Urbanism.”

He has received a Graham Foundation Fellowship, a NEH/Winterthur Advance Fellowship and won first prize in the 1995 Great American Home Awards sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hewitt’s firm in Bernardsville specializes in creating, restoring, refurbishing, remodeling, and enhancing vintage homes.

The lecture benefits the historic preservation projects of the Friends of Florham and the Glen Alpin Conservancy. Tickets for this tax-deductible event are $25. Seating is limited and, although there will be a number of tickets available at the door, advance purchase is encouraged. Checks, made out to Friends of Florham, should be mailed to Linda Meister, P.O. Box 601, New Vernon, NJ.

For directions and further information, call 973 443 8661.

About Friends of Florham:

The volunteer organization, Friends of Florham, was organized in 1990 to assist in preserving the historic elements of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Campus in Madison, NJ. The Friends sponsor lectures on historic landscape design, architecture and an ongoing restoration of Florham's period buildings, gardens and grounds. Membership is open to the public, and all are encouraged to join the efforts to preserve Florham's unique contributions to New Jersey history.

More than 100 years ago, heiress Florence Vanderbilt and her husband, financier Hamilton McKown Twombly, built Florham, one of America’s finest Gilded Age homes. This masterpiece was achieved by virtue of the Twomblys' combined fortunes, the input of the foremost architectural firm of the day, McKim, Mead and White, and the creative vision of the landscape designers, Olmsted Associates.

About the Glen Alpin Conservancy:

In October of 2004, the Trust for Public Land, Harding Township, and the Harding Land Trust announced the protection of 9.5 acres, including the historic Glen Alpin residence, located in the Tempe Wick Historic District. Residents of Harding Township formed a nonprofit organization, The Glen Alpin Conservancy, to work collaboratively with township leaders and the Harding Land Trust to oversee the management of this scenic and historic property.

The 1840s stone Gothic Revival house has been called the finest example of the Gothic Revival in the state. The property, near the Morristown National Historical Park, will provide a future link for Patriots’ Path. The open space performs a valuable environmental service in filtering storm water flowing to Primrose Brook, one of the most pristine waterways in New Jersey, and providing a wildlife habitat.

The Mansion

Gretchen Johnson

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