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Listing No. 3583

c. 1909 Colonial
Hillside Historic Distric
Plainfield, NJ



Staircase in foyer


Updated Historic Colonial On Tree-lined 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.
Bedrooms: 8
Full Bath(s): 5
Half Bath(s): 1

Heated Sq. Ft.: 7,500
Unheated Sq. Ft.: 4,265
Stories: 3

Lot Size: 200X217.7
Acres: 1.000


  • 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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