Mahwah, New Jersey, 07430 United States - Architectural Triumph: One of the world's magnificent and rare estates, Darlington, praised by architectural enthusiasts as the American Versailles, is an architectural masterpiece located within 25 miles of New York City. Originally constructed in 1907 and meticulously renovated in the last seven years, this estate offers approximately 50,000 square feet of spectacular living space and more than 12 acres of marvelous grounds framed by the Ramapo Mountains. Christie's International Real Estate
Ideal Setting: The 58-room, three-story mansion that today is listed with both the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places was the dream of George Crocker, son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker. He saw in the area of Mahwah, New Jersey, an escape from the rushed and crowded life of New York City and ample space that would allow him to build the estate of his dreams. The majestic dwelling, modeled after an English castle nearly a century ago, rivals the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and overlooks the Ramapo Valley. The architect of the mansion was James Brite, who along with his partner, Henry Bacon, also created the original Madison Square Garden, American University in Washington, D.C., and the world-famous Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Glorious Renovation: During the last seven years, the mansion has been completely renovated. In this process, the original architectural genius was retained and original precious materials were preserved. At the same time, all mechanical systems were replaced, all bathrooms were rebuilt, and a new living area of 12,000 square feet was added. The renovation of the mansion was performed by a unique team of architects, designers, craftsmen, and local artists. Over 100 years after the original construction, the renovation project again employed the most talented Italian wood carvers (whose works include the Italian Parliament as well as the Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf-Astoria in New York City) and the world's top designers to bring the mansion into the 21st Century.