The Glass House - Chalan Farm
Chalan Farm - The Glass House - was an unfinished 34,000 square-foot mansion, eccentrically built on 48 acres on Canal Road in Griggstown, NJ. The “Glass House,” had 360-degree floor to ceiling windows and was owned by the John Boultons.
Prudence Morgan Boulton was an heir to the Flagler fortune, sourced from a partnership in Standard Oil, the development of Palm Beach, and the building of the Florida East Coast Railroad. She encouraged her husband, John, a retired Columbia
Electronics CEO and an aficionado of Mies van der Roh, to spend $10 million building his dream house. A professional architect provided the actual drawings. They had to move away for medical reasons before it was actually finished, and they couldn’t find a buyer. So they auctioned it, but with a $3 million unpublished reserve. It was not zoned for commercial or nonprofit/museum purposes.
The only serious bidders at the auction had commercial or nonprofit uses in mind, and they weren’t willing to gamble $3 million on uncertain zoning. There was lots of hoopla, lots of people attending the auction who weren’t serious bidders, but no sale on that day.
The property was eventually bought by Gunther Bright, senior vice president of American Express’s global client group, and his wife, Jill. It has since been torn down and replaced by another house (which has attracted no notoriety).
- ©2006 Ken Stanek, all rights reserved
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