Tour a Majestic Home Designed by George Brown Post in Bernardsville, New Jersey

Architectural DigestAugust 27, 2015

A grand Beaux Arts manor in rural Bernardsville is up for sale.


Built in 1886 by architect George Brown Post, who also designed the New York Stock Exchange building in Manhattan, this Beaux Arts–style home has all the grandeur of a Parisian manse. Known as “Stronghold,” the home was later used by Gill St. Bernard's School for the second half of the 20th century. It was completely restored in 2013. Located in the exclusive area of Bernardsville, in rural Somerset County, the residence is just over an hour from Manhattan.


Beyond the stone façade, the interiors were constructed from fieldstone, wood, and terra-cotta, as seen in the study. In the den many of the original materials remain, including the stone masonry and Corinthian columns. The property consists of two expansive wings: One houses the dining room (shown here), kitchen, and great room, and the other houses the garage. Nearly 32 acres of manicured grounds surround the home. Additionally, a separate carriage house makes for the perfect guest quarters.