GULICK HOUSE

Old houses mended, Cost little less than new before they ’re ended --Colley Cibber

Gulick Mansion

Gulick House, Lawrence, New Jersey

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explored & photographed by: Shady

The next place we explored just happened to be a very old, historic home called the Gulick House, in Lawrence, NJ, that is currently being threatened by demolition, much to the dismay of many of the people who live in Lawrence (click here for the latest story on the fate of the Gulick House), and we would have never known about it except for the twist of fate that led us to drive right by it.

Somehow, we just happened to spy this place while driving by; we turned around to see if we could get a better look. The first impression that we all got was just how huge and beautiful this house was... a really amazing example of architecture from a bygone era surrounded by a lush, gorgeous piece of land. We could only wonder why it stood empty and neglected...

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

As we found out later, a prosperous farmer named William Gulick had this wonderful house built  for his large family- a wife and eight children- in the 1850's. The house was constructed in the Italianate style- a very fashionable style of architecture in the mid-19th century.

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

We couldn't believe our eyes as we approached the enormous home... this house is one magnificent piece of architecture. The telltale eerie silence of a place abandoned surrounded the area as we drew nearer and nearer. The house was really big, with three floors that featured a ton of windows. The land around the house was really pretty too, just brimming with jewel-green foliage. The first building we checked out appeared to be an empty, carriage-style detached garage that sat in the curve of the driveway; we didn't see much other than a lot of cobwebs and some dust...

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

The area behind the house boasted a really cool brick fireplace/oven situated under the protective branches of an old tree. You can really picture what a wonderful home this must have been in days long gone...

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

The cross gable on the peak of the roofline... the round, arched windows... the decorative brackets along the roofline... these are all hallmarks of the elegant Italianate style. Historic preservationists have stated that the Gulick House is the best example of Italianate architecture in the entire area.

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

Gulick Mansion

After spending a few minutes roaming around the grounds, we decided to venture into the mansion to get a better look. As awe-inducing as the place was from the outside, we never could have imagined what we would find within...

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