John Ballantine House
Ballantine, John, House
|Location||49 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Architectural style||Late Victorian|
|NRHP Reference #||73001093|
|Added to NRHP||October 2, 1973|
|Designated NHL||February 4, 1985|
The John Ballantine House was the home of Jeannette Boyd (1838–1919) and John Holme Ballantine (1834–1895). John was the son of Peter Ballantine, founder of the Ballantine beer brewery, and became president of the family business in 1883 after his father died. Ballantine died in 1895 of throat cancer.
The house was built in 1885 at 49 Washington Street in the Washington Park section of Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is now part of the Newark Museum and is open to the public for tours.
The architect who provided designs was George Edward Harney (1840–1924) of New York City The house is a compact and symmetrical essay in a free Dutch Renaissance style, using salmon-colored Roman bricks with limestone quoins and window surrounds and Gothic-Renaissance details. The interiors were also provided from New York, by D. S. Hess Company, "decorators and manufacturers of artistic furniture". The Dining Room was hung with part-gilded embossed panels imitating the "Spanish" leather hangings that were popular in Holland and England in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. At Christmas season, the house is dressed with holly and other winter greens in traditional Victorian style. A brief history of the house, by its curator Ulysses Grant Dietz, The Ballantine House, was published by the museum in 1994 to coincide with the reopening of the house, which has belonged to the Newark Museum since 1937, after a two-year four-million dollar renovation. The Ballantine House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Essex County, New Jersey
- List of museums in New Jersey
- Newark Metro article
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "John Ballantine House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "Ballantine Brewing history". Falstaff Brewing Corporation. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
- "John H. Ballantine" (PDF). The New York Times. April 28, 1895. Retrieved 2008-07-01. "John H. Ballantine, of the firms of Ballantine & Sons ..."
- Louie, Elaine (November 17, 1994). "In a Newark Manor, Remains of the Day". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-30. "To build a proper house -- all carved wood, velvets and gilt -- the Ballantine family hired an architect, George Edward Harney, and an interior designer, D. S. Hess & Company, both from Manhattan. The house probably cost about $75,000 to build and $16,000 to furnish and decorate"
- For another structure by Harney, see the Moffat Library (1887), Washingtonville, New York.
- Mary L. Emblen and Alvin Klein in The New York Times December 4, 1994, recognized "an eclectic blend of Renaissance, Colonial Revival and Esthetic movement styles" but missed the Gothic cusps in the arch that shields the doorstep.
- As the firm was described when fire gutted their five-storey premises in the former Van Auken house, at 421 Fifth Avenue, 2 February 1900; their stock and design archives were destroyed. (The New York Times, "Big fire in Fifth Avenue", 2 February 1900). Hess's wife was the former Sarah Lowenbein, whose brothers, as A. Lowenbein's Sons, were furniture manufacturers whose father claimed to have introduced American walnut to Europe and French veneers to the United States (William Smith Pelletreau, Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Family History of New York 1907,s.v. "Adolph Lowenbein").
- PDF (269 KB). National Park Service and PDF (1.32 MiB)