George Brown Post Designed Estate
Comprising 70 acres atop Bernardsville Mountain and commanding views as far as Manhattan, Claremont is an exceptional estate by any measure. But it is equally noteworthy for its distinguished heritage; Claremont was designed by and became the summer home of the renowned architect George Brown Post (1837-1913). Known as “the father of the tall building in New York” Post’s commissions had substantial impact on the skyline he viewed from Claremont’s privileged stage. And in the surrounding mountain colony, the firm of George Post & Sons built or altered up to 30 country houses making a profound imprint on a period of residential architecture that came to be known as the gilded age of the Somerset Hills.
Classically designed and richly embellished, Claremont’s Neo-Federal-styled mansion captures our wonder as it visually delights. A stone courtyard presents the residence clad with slate roof and stucco-covered stone trimmed with terracotta. Its rounded lines, Corinthian columns, elegant proportions and Beaux-Arts detail are signature Post. Double glass doors provide entry to the wide, marble-floored center hall. Imposing ceiling heights, exquisite moldings, expansive windows and elegant fireplaces grace its commodious gathering spaces including formal living and dining room, library and den.
Bathrooms: 7 Full, 1 Half
Specialty Items: Built in 1903, 70.93 Acres, Slate Roofing, Grand Staircase, Formal Dining, Formal Living, Barn, Stable, Designed by George Brown Post.
Address: 380 Claremont Road, Bernardsville Boro, New Jersey, United States, 07924-1525
From the center hall a grand staircase sweeps to the second floor where the Palladian window-wall frames arresting views to the two-story portico, terraced gardens and distant valleys. Included at this upper level is the master suite with bedroom, sitting and dressing room; 4 en suite bedrooms, and extensive staff quarters. Complementing the home is a full walk-up attic and full basement with exterior entrance. The estate also affords a charming guest cottage and beautiful shingle-style carriage house with apartment.
Claremont has remained in the Post Family except for the period 1940-49 when it was owned by the Russian Prince and concert pianist George Chavchavadze and his wife. Together the hospitable couple hosted internationally recognized artists, writers, musicians and the socially prominent adding yet another fascinating chapter to the home’s storied history. Honoring its distinctive architectural and artistic heritage, the home has been exceptionally maintained and remains today one of the Somerset Hills’ most revered examples of the work of its widely known and respected architect.