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Property Name Seward House
Reference Number 13000977
State New Jersey
County Morris
Town Mount Olive Township
Street Address 30 Flanders Road (Turkey Brook Park)
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/24/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Seward House is locally important as an example of the Italianate architectural style applied to a vernacular stone farmhouse built to be the home of a gentleman farmer with prominent New York City business connections. (His father, Henry Seward, was a first cousin to William Henry Seward, the U.S. Secretary of State in the Lincoln administration.) Its period of significance extends from ca.1865, when the main block of the house was constructed, to ca.1875, in the early years of the Sewards full-time occupancy, and during which time the barn was probably also constructed. These years also witnessed the introduction of the Second Empire style, which quickly eclipsed the popularity of the Italianate style.


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