Ballantine commissioned New York-based architect, George Edward Harney, to design a luxurious residence in the Romanesque revival style. Harney is noted for designing, among other buildings, the William Roebling House in Trenton.
The exterior main façade consists of a three-bay organization with a central trefoil arch porch entrance defined by four polished granite columns with Corinthian capitals. The exterior has been finished in Philadelphia pressed red-brick in common bond and Wyoming sandstone used in trims and belt courses. Carved floral and foliate designs crown the first floor bay window and porch. A modified mansard roof with gabled dormers tops the three-story structure.
The interior recreates the Victorian Age in its opulent woodwork supplied by the Kirk and Jacobus firm who supplied the finest cherry, ash, maple, and mahogany. From a historical perspective, we have a detailed documentation of construction and furnishing costs, architectural plans and specifications for this house.
The Ballantine House has been preserved virtually intact except for interior decorations initiated by the Ballantine family who employed the services of D.S. Hess, and consequently of Roux and Company.
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"Newark Museum Opens Ballantine House." Victorian. Newsletter Of The Victorian Society In America 5.1 (1977): 2. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. Web. 9 Sept. 2016.
Gordon, Mark W., and Anthony Schuman, editors. Newark Landmark Treasures: A Guide to the Landmark Buildings, Parks, Public Art & Historic Districts in New Jersey’s Metropolis. Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, 2016, p. 6.
Gibson, Kenneth A., Dennison, David S. & Allen, Wilbert. James Street Commons: The James Street Study Report - A Plan of Action for the Resoration of an Historic Neighborhood. Mayor's Policy and Development Office. 1976. Print, p. 6Files (see attached):
National Register of Historic Places, Ballantine House, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, National Register #73001093.
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