town89In 1965, the 16-acre Glen Alpin estate was purchased for $100,000 by Christopher DeCarlo, a South Orange real estate developer. He announced he was going to restorethe mansion and original gardens. It was an unusual move. Morristown’s mansions were constructed in an era when labor was much cheaper and they had become “white elephants” in modern times with spiraling costs making it difficult if not impossible to recreate the grandeur that marked the original estates.

On the east side of the house, DeCarlo enclosed the area between the laundry building and the kitchen and added another room in front of the laundry building that was used as a caretaker’s apartment between 1964 and the 1990s. The porch on the west side of the house was removed in the 1980’s. He also removed the balcony over the front portico, and replaced the wood columns of the front portico with wrought-iron supports. DeCarlo painted the puddingstone white. All of the photographs taken during the Princess’ time show the natural puddingstone.town54

Inside, DeCarlo modernized the bathrooms and the kitchen. He installed a sauna off one of the upstairs bedrooms in the servant’s quarters and installed new finishes in the servants'quarters. Rounding out the changes, he painted some of the paneling on the first floor and stained some of the floors black, but the stain was reversed while DeCarlo still owned the property.

town73The property was subdivided in 1970. Unfortunately the formal gardens and a portion of the original driveway were included in the new parcel and taken away from the Glen Alpin house. DeCarlo built a new house on the subdivided lot, in which he lived, while he retained ownership of the Glen Alpin property.

town69In the mid 1990s, DeCarlo tried to obtain permission from Harding Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, and then the Planning Board, to allow Glen Alpin to be used as a chapel for an interfaith church. The permission was never granted, and DeCarlo eventually withdrew his request.

The next owners, Liang-Bin Jean and Su-Hsiang Jean, acquired the new house and gardens from DeCarlo in December 1999, and acquired Glen Alpin in April 2002.

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