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Between the Lines
Juxtaposed stories can result in bizarre comparisons.
Two area architects compete for space on the cover of this issue.
One internationally famous architect is making his work affordable
for the average person’s home. And one amateur architect is selling
his outrageously expensive house by auction, to be bid on by the very
The amateur architect, John Boulton, is a disciple of minimalist Mies
van der Rohe, the form-follows-function architect who revolutionized commercial
and domestic architecture in the mid-1950s, most notably in New York’s
Seagram Building. The professional architect, Michael Graves, espousing
the opposite viewpoint — that more is more — is known for
bringing together abundant design elements in commercial structures
that can please the eye and also dwarf the human figure, an esthetic
We commissioned the Graves story for this week’s Residential Real
Estate issue, in which we list homes available for sale or rent, organized
by price and location. Then we heard about the auction of the Boulton
Until five years ago, Boulton’s property was a working grain and poultry
farm run by Frederick Trumm, who was born on the land in 1929. Now
the Chalan Farm has a 34,000 square foot structure, half above ground
with glass walls, half below ground, bunker style. It’s not the only
big property in our listings (see the $2.1 million three-barn horse
farm on page 50) but it is certainly the most unusual property in
Back in December, 2001, when we first wrote about this property, the
name of the owners was not revealed, so we did our own research to
find out that the husband was an electronics magnate and the wife,
a horsewoman, was a Hires root beer heiress. Since then John Boulton
and Prudence Morgan Boulton have opened their doors to the world,
particularly to the Delaware & Raritan Greenway, which has held fundraisers
so that the likes of Pulitzer-winner Paul Muldoon can read poetry
to the paying guests.
As a result of this unusual juxtaposition, in this issue you can look
for a house to buy, compare your house with those on the market, consider
putting a Michael Graves addition onto your house — or fantasize
about what life is like for the wealthy who live in glass houses.
his wife Renee founded the Quarterly Review of Literature in 1943.
a registered associate financial consultant for Merrill Lynch on Franklin
of the Nassau Barbershop.
she worked for Mercer County in the Public Defender’s Office, most
recently as the First Assistant Public Defender. After retirement,
she had a second career as a writer and director in amateur theater.
A memorial service will be held at the Jewish Center of Princeton
on Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m.
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