The needler in the haystack.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hidden Plainfield: Hardly Hidden ID'ed

The mansion is an integral part of the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District,
whose new sign is displayed to the City Council by member April Steffel
in this April 2012 photo.
Yesterday's Hidden Plainfield was a tip 'o the hat to John Stewart and Craig Bowman, whose detailed restoration of the 1893 Marsh mansion on West 8th Street is the subject of a profile in the Ledger this past Thursday (see here). The house stands on the north side of the street, between Madison and Central Avenues.

As a bonus, the
Ledger story included a two-page photo gallery of photos of details of the house and its restoration (see the Gallery here).

In addition, John serves as president of the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District association and in the story discusses how active the group is in Plainfield preservation efforts. For more about the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District, visit their website
here. For more about historic preservation in Plainfield, visit the City's Historic Preservation Commission website here.

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Anonymous said...

The coincidence of the Great Depression in the 1930's,the passing away of the early owners of these late 19th century ornamental mansions, and changing tastes led to their abandonment by well-to-do families and conversion into multi-family houses. My parent's first apartment in 1944- their honeymoon home- was on the second floor left of this house, the master bedroom wing I think. Of all things, they always remembered the large, marbled-tiled bathroom. I wonder if it remains intact.