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A visit to Kip's Castle

It is sometimes frightening how we don't pay attention to things that are so close to us. Kip's Castle is not only less than a mile away from our House, but several friends from Montclair Historic Society and Victorian Society have pointed it out to me, as well as organized group visits. For various reasons, we never went.

This is why we simply had to go during the Holiday Historic House Tour. And, as the name says, it is a castle. And well worth the visit. Over the years, the Castle had several different owners, some of which were really attentive to the its needs, and some who let it go into disrepair. Fortunately, there are more of those who appreciate Castle's architectural and historic value, so since 2007 it has been a part of Essex County Park System.

The above is an image of the stained glass doors on the main level of the Castle. From the talk with one of the employees, the stained glass work throughout the Castle is being contributed to Louis Tiffany himself, because at the time the Castle was constructed, Mr. Tiffany's work was not being mass produced.

This is an example of the stained glass in the Parlor. But, what really impressed me was the woodwork. Somewhere along the line, somebody decided to paint it white, which seems like such a crime to me, having to deal with that atrocious decorating choice in our own House. But, the beauty will not be hidden, even with so many coats of paint.

If you have some time to spare, do go visit. It will be worth your time. The little ones can easily be entertained in the garden.


  1. I have an original Book of "Artistic Country Seats" by Sheldon from 1886. I was wondering if you are interested in purchasing it. It features the Harry Fenn Cedars House. It's the big 30" leather folio.

  2. Bob, thanks. I'll contact you offline.


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