Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh
St. Bernard's Church Parish House
Address
88 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, N.J. 07924
Location
West side of Claremont Road between Mine Mount Road and Somerset Avenue. (Driveway is on Mine Mount Road between Claremont Road and Stevens Street.)
Built
1912-1913
Style
English Gothic
Use
Episcopal church parish house.

Completely clad in heavy gray ashlar, and containing stepped stairway windows, this building evokes its neighbor two blocks to the east, the F.P. Olcott Building. On the north facade, note the outlines of two second-floor windows, with arches above. If these were filled in after completion, the fillers-in must have used stone from the same quarry.

St. Bernard's Church, designed by Napoleon LeBrun and built in 1897, was badly damaged by a fire on Oct. 23, 2004. Hardenbergh's parish house, however, was not affected by the fire.

Many thanks to the author W. Barry Thomson for alerting me to the existence of this building.


The eastern facade faces Claremont Road.


The northern facade faces a lawn and St. Bernard's Church.


The western facade faces the rear gravel parking lot.


The southern facade faces a wooded area.