Historical House-1850-Gulick House

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112_ocean_avenue
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Historical House-1850-Gulick House

Post by 112_ocean_avenue » Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:47 pm

Hey everyone,

There is a 19th Century abandoned house in Lawrence, NJ, which is near me in Princeton. I drove past that place so many times, my curiosity got the best of me and I looked it up last night. It was built in around 1850 by a man named William Gulick for himself, his wife, and his eight, yes eight, children. They were Quakers. The house now stands abandoned and empty. It's owned by Care One, a senior care company. The house is threatened by demolition to build a horrible New Jersey standard new construction condominium. I started a petition to save it, sign if you think it should be preserved. https://www.change.org/petitions/care-o ... lick-house
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The petition is not the only reason I made this thread. I wanted to share the story. I am also including the link to a website with interior and exterior photos of the house taken a decade ago. http://www.lostdestinations.com/gulick.htm

The house recently had a fire in September of 2011. It was a strange, cause-unidentified electrical fire. Three fire companies were called down to put out the blaze. It wasn't the fact that the fire was that bad that it was deemed a three-company fire, it was that they wanted to save such a historical location from destruction. Here's a link to an article about the fire. http://princeton.patch.com/articles/thr ... building-2
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I believe it may have been the original owner of the house who caused the fire. I think it is possible he is ready to let the house go, but that's just a theory. I don't think it's true.
The second I lay eyes on the house, it was love at first sight, I hope to one day buy it and fix it up. But I have to save it from demolition first, that's why I started the petition.

Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed learning the history of it as much as I did.
~ 112_Ocean_Avenue

P.S. Here is a recent image of the house using the street view feature on Bing Maps.
http://oi49.tinypic.com/35jb1aq.jpg
"Houses don't have memories."
"Houses don't kill people. People kill people."

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Re: Historical House-1850-Gulick House

Post by Rokiisun » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:55 am

We have a former mansion in our area which was built around 1780 - 1880
Where a dutchess once lived. It then went through a stint where it was an old
folks' home, or place for the elderly to live their last few years in comfort.

The mansion became abandoned and there were talks that ozzy osbourne
was up for buying it at one point, which for a small town like ours in east
Scotland is pretty big, but he did not buy it.

Four years ago there was a huge fire which ripped through the building
and since then the roof and place is being restored which is a real shame.
You cannot get close to the building anymore because its all closed off,
But it was said to be a suspected insurance scam or teenagers who caused
the fire. The truth is, we will never know.

There is another building like this miles away which has just been left to
rot so all that remains is the shell of the mansion. I would hate for this
mansion in our area to have the same fate because if I win the lottery I
would like to buy it and turn it into a hostel for the homeless.
It is better to return a borrowed pot with a little something you last cooked in it.

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Re: Historical House-1850-Gulick House

Post by 112_ocean_avenue » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:29 pm

Rokiisun wrote:We have a former mansion in our area which was built around 1780 - 1880
Where a dutchess once lived. It then went through a stint where it was an old
folks' home, or place for the elderly to live their last few years in comfort.

The mansion became abandoned and there were talks that ozzy osbourne
was up for buying it at one point, which for a small town like ours in east
Scotland is pretty big, but he did not buy it.

Four years ago there was a huge fire which ripped through the building
and since then the roof and place is being restored which is a real shame.
You cannot get close to the building anymore because its all closed off,
But it was said to be a suspected insurance scam or teenagers who caused
the fire. The truth is, we will never know.

There is another building like this miles away which has just been left to
rot so all that remains is the shell of the mansion. I would hate for this
mansion in our area to have the same fate because if I win the lottery I
would like to buy it and turn it into a hostel for the homeless.
That is very unfortunate to hear about the mansion. This is what happens when we leave our history to rot...
"Houses don't have memories."
"Houses don't kill people. People kill people."

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