107 Library Place – SOLD
$2,998,000 Princetonian Manse with History, and a Tower.
The former Princeton home of painter Howard Russell Butler and George Ball awaits you, offering a subtly elegant mix of history, style, and amenity. An adapted villa-style revival in the heart of a neighborhood coveted by any Princetonian, this could be the place you will entertain the great minds of our time.Â Enjoy the solarium, the trellised gardens with espalier trees, and the formal but light-filled neutrality of this refined home. . .
From Agent Maura Mills: Enjoy the legacy, lifestyle and modern amenities offered by this stunning and historically rich in-town Princeton residence. Framed by stately trees and graced by impeccable gardens, this extraordinary Tuscan Villa Revival-style home is prominently located on the most desirable and recognizable block in Princeton, one that has been the address of renowned statesmen, writers, artists and scholars. Built as a center-hall Colonial-style residence in the late 1890s, renowned architect and painter, Howard Russell Butler using the genius he employed in designing Lake Carnegie masterfully transformed the residence in 1912 into its present Italianate style. Unique in its history, architecture and amenities, this renowned home has gracious rooms detailed with elaborate millwork, high ceilings and wood floors that flow together to create a home of exceptional warmth and charm.
Arched entryways from the reception hall into the formal rooms echo the lines of the stunning leaded glass windows and exterior detailing. The exceptionally large dining room has a marble fireplace and a butler’s pantry with original zinc sink. The living room also has a carved fireplace and fluted columns that create distinct areas yet allow the open space to flow. A sunroom and light-filled office adjoin. The warmth of a magnificent oak paneled library is the perfect transition between the formal and family sections of the house. A recessed wet bar and an imported 16th century limestone fireplace stand opposite one another and built-in bookshelves extend to a 12.5 foot tall octagonal beamed ceiling. The award-winning kitchen with banquette seating lies beyond. A gallery leads to the sun-filled artist’s studio, now a stunning media center, replete with a domed glass ceiling, which was the studio of Mr. Butler, friend and portrait painter of Andrew Carnegie. Tucked behind is a home gym.
On the second floor, the luxurious master suite has fireplaces in both the sitting and bedroom, plus a Swedish sauna and spa bath. A nearby bedroom also enjoys an en suite bath. Up a private stairway is the tower bedroom with hand-carved fireplace and en suite bath. This was the original master suite of U.N. Ambassador and Kennedy cabinet minister George Ball. A private dressing room and steam shower are accessed by a second flight of stairs. Two more bedrooms and a loft/bedroom share a full bath with claw foot tub, as well as a renovated full kitchen. Masterfully planned formal gardens, a secluded European style flagstone patio, espaliered fruit trees and towering evergreens provide this extraordinary Western section home a surprisingly private setting.