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Published May 2017
Nestled in north New Jersey, where the I-287 and Route 23 meet, is a borough called Kinnelon. And within those 19 square miles, many manors and mansions were built in the early 1900’s. Among them, on a 9-acre property, New York stockbroker Milton Untermeyer built his stone mansion in 1920. Mirroring the French provincial castles, Milton imported European cut stones, tiles, and marble. To accentuate the property, he surrounded his new home with various exotic plants and trees.
One can imagine the glamour and opulence of the roaring 20’s -when the wealthy such as the Astors, Vanderbilts, Getty, and Carnegie lived like royalty. Their homes were palaces. Quick excursions to their summer cottages/mansions, and house parties were a common thing to do if you were successful. Jazz bands played their instruments; women showed off their moves in their fringed dresses and pearls; and men enjoyed their drinks and stogies in their sharp suits and top hats. ‘The Great Gatsby’ days.
Nearly five decades later, 1968 to be exact, Kinnelon Castle, or the Untermeyer Mansion, burned down to the ground.
To read more about what happened, go to the May/June issue of Fashion Haunts magazine at http://www.fashionhaunts.com