Blairsden - Peacpack Gladstone
In May 2014, guests gathered at the stunning Blairsden where $2 million was raised to benefit the PICU & Autism Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
Designed and constructed between 1898 and 1903, Blairsden was the magnificent country home of C. Ledyard Blair, a New York City financier, sportsman and commodore of the New York Yacht Club. Blair was the grandson of self-made multimillionaire, philanthropist and Princeton University benefactor John Insley Blair, who made his fortune in mining and building much of America’s rail system. Hailed as a feat of design and engineering, Blairsden is a 62,000-square-foot Louis XIV Château-style mansion, the masterpiece of renowned architecture firm Carrère and Hastings.
Today, visitors approach Blairsden on a mile-long private drive that winds its way to a hilltop where the mansion stands amid an impressive view of the countryside beyond. At the entrance, nine-foot-tall Roman busts surround a 300-foot-long pool that reflects the home’s impressive carved limestone facade. Inside, the wonders include carved marble mantels on more than 20 fireplaces, leather-and-gold-gilded walls, two elevators, 14-foot-tall ceilings with elaborate plaster moldings, a grand double-spiral stone staircase, and a two-story kitchen surrounded by a balcony.