See this grand old house? It’s part of a sprawling riverfront estate in Moorestown, New Jersey, that dates back to the 1600s. So I was surprised, to say the least, when I saw the rest of the photos in the listing. For starters, check out what it looks like on the other side…
Um, what? At first I thought it must be a separate building on the property. It almost looks like an old church that was converted into a house. But then I saw a third photo, which shows that the two exteriors in fact belong to the same building:
Seriously? Why would they build a wing like this onto that old house?
I did a little searching around and found an interview with the owners on Philly.com. It explains that they like to collect antiques and religious artifacts, and this was a way for them to display their treasures from around the world.
For example, take a gander at the Great Room:
The article says, “In excavating for the home’s large two-story addition, thousands of mussel shells, remnants of French china, and American Indian artifacts were found and carefully stored for future research.”
Hanging over the Great Room are chandeliers that once graced a movie palace in Boston:
In the kitchen, antique altars were used for the base cabinets:
I think I would feel kind of silly–maybe even a little sacrilegious–making peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids on an altar like this…
The staircase that leads up from the kitchen has an eye-popping landing:
The owners found this enormous chandelier on eBay. It originally hung in New York’s legendary Intercontinental Hotel:
The house has 12,000 square feet, which is more than enough to lose other members of the family in. According to the article I read, the homeowners have one daughter…and a dog.
Even the bathrooms were designed on a grand scale and feature stained-glass windows:
The photos of what appear to be part of the original house are what I really loved, though, like this stately blue room with the fireplace:
And this staircase:
I think this is one of those “Special Homeowners Required” kinds of houses. It’s definitely not for everyone. Would it work for you?
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