Authors To Present Detailed Look at Country Houses of Somerset Hills
Madison, NJ (September 27, 2007) — On Sunday, October 28, John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson, co-authors of the two-volume "New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills," will present a detailed look at the families and architects who between the two world wars built large country houses in the Somerset Hills. The program will begin at 3 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham.
Turpin and Thomson grew up in the Somerset Hills on properties that were once part of estates featured in their works. Their lifelong fascination with architecture and local history, as well as their extensive knowledge of the Somerset Hills, led them to collaborate on this architectural history series.
The visual and lecture presentation will cover the second volume of the series, and feature many of the prominent families who owned, and the architects and landscape architects who designed, the large country houses and estates that were created in the Somerset Hills communities of Far Hills, Bedminster, Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone, Mendham and Chester. Houses built by the Dillon, Engelhard, Forbes, and Luce families, and designed by architects such as John Russell Pope, Delano & Aldrich, Cross & Cross, and landscape architects such as Ellen Biddle Shipman and Zenon Schreiber will be featured in the presentation.
The authors’ talk will also include a preview of a planned third volume in their country house series. The new book — expected to be published in about two years — will cover many of the great country houses and estates that were built in Harding Township, Morris Township, Morristown, Convent and Madison during the Country House Era between the 1870s and the beginning of World War II. Among the many estates to be previewed during their discussion will be Florham, Hollow Hill Farm, Glynallyn and Red Gate Farm.
Turpin is president of Turpin Real Estate, Inc., a family-owned company with offices in Far Hills, Mendham, Bernardsville and Oldwick, N.J. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Blair Academy and is a member of its Executive Committee. After years of corporate experience including positions of Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and member of the Chairman’s Group of Woolworth Corporation (now Foot Locker, Inc.), Thomson now is a consultant on management and corporate governance matters. He also serves as a director and trustee of several nonprofit organizations and holds the distinct honor of having been a David Rockefeller Fellow of the New York City Partnership.
The program, which is sponsored by the Friends of Florham, includes a slide presentation, reception and book signing. It will be held in Hennessy Hall (Mansion), FDU’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. There is a $10 admission fee. For more information, call (973) 443-8661.