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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

rich.

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

called gigantism.

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

home.

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

Princeton.

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.

Milestones

Theodore Weiss died on April 15 at the age of 86. He and

his wife Renee founded the Quarterly Review of Literature in 1943.

Eleanor Mary Kompa, 56, died on April 16. She had been

a registered associate financial consultant for Merrill Lynch on Franklin

Corner Road.

Giuseppe Malagrino, 79, died on April 17. He was the proprietor

of the Nassau Barbershop.

Barbara Rogers Lependorf, 65, died on April 19. An attorney,

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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