The House Front

The House Front (HM6R0)

Location: Princeton, NJ 08540 Mercer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 20.854', W 74° 39.979'

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Richard Stockton, the son of the Signer, known as the Duke, made many changes around 1790 to 1800. He rebuilt the central section of the house and covered the building's brickwork with a white lime wash. In the 18th and early 19th century, there were no foundation plantings. The present plantings and trees in front of the house, as well as the small hillock, represent the landscape created by his son, the Commodore, in the mid-19th century.

Archaeology has shown that in the 18th century one of the main entries to the house went straight from Stockton Street to the front door. The Duke laid out the present horseshoe-shaped drive; at the same time he built a paved forecourt in front of the house. In his day a symmetrical landscape plan would have been favored, in contrast to the picturesque, irregular design applied to the front plantings by the Commodore.

The landscaping was always intended to impress visitors as they passed on the road or approached the house.
HM NumberHM6R0
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 528338 N 4466388
Decimal Degrees40.34756667, -74.66631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 20.854', W 74° 39.979'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 20' 51.24" N, 74° 39' 58.74" W
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Area Code(s)201, 609, 732, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Monument Dr, Princeton NJ 08540, US
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