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The Strange History of New Jersey’s Chalan Farm (PHOTOS)

The Strange History of New Jersey’s Chalan Farm (PHOTOS)

The Strange History of New Jersey’s Chalan Farm (PHOTOS)
July 07
14:24 2015

The Strange History of New Jersey’s Chalan Farm

New Jersey, United States

Chalan Farm’s history dates back to 1992 when construction started on the 34,000 square foot glass and steel residence. It was the vision of John Boulton, a retired Columbia Electronics CEO, and wife, Prudence, who commissioned architect James Kissane to create their dream home.  The stark mansion spanned 420-feet wide and was patterned after designs by architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe.  While the home was never finished, the couple did pour over $10-million into it to bring it to what you see above.  As it sat in 2003, the home was basically a shell with just three of the nine bathrooms finished, and a temporary kitchen in place of the $150,000 kitchen they had planned for.  The master suite was going to be a showstopper with private indoor swimming pool, while the rest of the home enjoyed 360-degree views.  Beneath the home was an additional 17,000 square feet of space, which would have been ideal for an art gallery, gym, studio, screening room, staff quarters, and expansive show garage. Sitting on 48 wooded acres, the owners had originally planned on adding a helipad, private golf course, tennis court, and riding trails – all of which never happened.  Due to health issues, the unfinished mansion was put on the market in 2001 for $18-million.  With no offers, the couple decided to auction their dream home in 2003 with J.P. King, a reserve of just $3-million was set.  The auction did bring in many serious buyers, however most intended on purchasing the 48-acre estate for commercial or nonprofit uses, due to zoning issues the property went unsold.  Chalan Farm was then reduced to $12-million and eventually sold for an unknown amount to Gunther Bright, the senior vice president of American Express’s global client group, and his wife, Jill.  The new owner’s have torn down the glass & steel structure and have built a more modest home on the property.  Explorers managed to get inside the unfinished mansion and took a few photographs which can be seen below.

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