Architecture of the Gilded Age

May 30, 2024
The history of Blairsden mansion came alive on Sunday, May 19.
Jesse Watters ; Sue Zibelli, THSSH Chair; Emma Watters of Bernardsville; and Olga Christie of Far Hills

Anthony Melillo, owner of Blairsden, hosted this signature event to benefit The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

A presentation given by author Phillip James Dodd, a respected authority in Beaux-Arts architecture, enlightened a small gathering of guests on the splendor and allure of Blairsden, captivating and inspiring all who attended to truly appreciate this remarkable, historic treasure we’re so fortunate to have in our area.

W. Barry Thomson, Anthony Melillo, Phillip James Dodd

Architectural and local historian W. Barry Thomson added to this special event a tour of the mansion. A typical day in the life of a Blair family guest was described as guests were led room-by-room and  outside to scan the hilltop landscape.  The experience was truly magical and memorable.

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills hopes to bring more historic events to Blairsden in the future.


See the Blairsden Video,

Video and Photos courtesy of: Mike Innella-North Jersey Drone Shots