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c. 1909 Colonial

Hillside Historic Distric
Plainfield, New Jersey

Updated Historic Colonial On Tree-lined Street

Front of house on quite treelined street
Built after the turn of the 20th century for F. W. Wallace and family, this Colonial Revival mansion is reminiscent of homes along the New England seaboard. The residence was designed by famed New York architect John Benson and built by Plainfield builder/architect Alexander Milne.

The centerpiece of this grand home is a magnificent spiral staircase ascending all three levels and lit midway by a large Palladian window. The spacious entrance foyer welcomes you into the first floor living areas, including a large, bright living room, cozy library/family room, formal dining room, and private den (all with fireplaces), a large kitchen with cabinets galore, and laundry room. There are also two glassed-in heated porches.

Step out to the large veranda leading to the slate patio and private yard and garden. The foyer boasts beautiful neoclassic wallpaper reproduced from an original French wall covering found in a 1760’s colonial home in Connecticut.

Of particular interest is the hand-carved ship medallion centered on the living room mantel, a reflection of architect Benson’s love of ships. The second floor features a master suite with large bedroom, fireplace, master bath, walk-in closet, and sitting room. There are two rooms with access to the balcony overlooking the lush grounds. Another two bedrooms with walk-in closets, one with fireplace, are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bath. Another bedroom, third bathroom, and linen closet with laundry chute are also located on the second floor.

The third floor offers a large office/studio with floor-to-ceiling storage, a leisure room with fireplace and bath, plus a guest suite with a bedroom, living room, and bath. The Hillside Avenue Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Large foyer with livingroom and family room to the left, dining room to the right , outside entrance to large veranda. Half bath for guests.
Staircase in foyer
Staircase in foyer
The center piece of this grand home is a magnificent spiral staircase ascending all three levels and lit midway by a large Palladian window.
Of particular interest is the hand-carved ship medallion centering the living room mantel, a reflection of architects Benson’s love of ships
Dining room
Dining room
dining room with fireplace surrounded by built ins and chair rails giving extra character to enjoy every day living
Private parklike backyard
Private parklike backyard
Lush grounds accessible from large veranda
Bedrooms 8
Full Baths 5
Half Baths 1
Heated Sq. Ft. 7,500
Unheated Sq. Ft. 4,265
Stories 3
Acres 1.0
Lot Size 200X217.7


  • 1st Floor Laundry Room
  • Basement
  • Breakfast Room
  • Den
  • Dining room
  • Dry Basement
  • Entry Hall
  • Foyer
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Library
  • Living room
  • Unfinished Basement
  • Utility Room
  • Walk out Basement
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Driveway - Paved
  • Porch
  • 2nd Staircase
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • Carpet
  • Fireplaces
  • Grand staircase
  • Laundry Chute
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Wood floors
  • Shingle Roof
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Oil Heating
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Security System
  • Water Heater - Gas
  • Pocket Doors
  • Servant's Staircase

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Fully updated historic home with many possibilities to have an aristocratic living on quiet tree lined street and private property. 8ft+ ceiling in unfinished basement.

The basement level is a full basement.

With 8ft5” height walk outs and two staircases to the house as well as garage entrance.

Great for entertaining on first floor with walk out to large veranda leading to park like backyard. Second floor offers bedrooms many with fireplaces and walk out to balcony. Third floor not only with guest suite and leisure room with fireplace but also an inspiring art studio.

Archived in November, 2008

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