Georgian Court - Lakewood, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member 94RedRover
N 40° 05.720 W 074° 13.607
18T E 565910 N 4438624
Quick Description: Completed in 1898 for millionaire George Jay Gould, the lavish Georgian Court estate in Lakewood, New Jersey is now home of the Sisters of Mercy and Georgian Court College.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 3/3/2009 3:53:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM5YWF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
?Georgian Court University was once the winter estate of millionaire George Jay Gould I, son of railroad tycoon Jay Gould, was (1836-1892). The estate was built by the famous New York architect, Bruce Price, resembling the lavish estates of England and Scotland. They agreed on an architecture in the style of the georgian period, thus the name Georgian Court. Price also designed many of the gardens that remain on the campus today - the Italian Garden, and the Sunken Garden.

After George Gould's death in 1923, the estate was sold to the Sisters of Mercy, who moved Mount Saint Mary College founded in 1906 to its current location. As a condition of the sale to the sisters, the name of the college became Georgian Court College.

The stables became the administrative offices and kitchen. The casino, which once housed the polo team and entertained with life-size chess games, became the fitness and activity center for the college. The mansion, with it's guilded beauty became the housing for both the sisters and the small amount of students. The college quickly grew, and new dorms were built to house the students. The mansion still serves as housing for a number of the sisters, as well as entertaining and special events.

Another building was built for housing for the sisters, as their mission had increased. St Mary's of the Lake's old church was rescued from demolishen and moved to Georgian Court after the glass enclosed chapel in the mansion became to small to house the worship needs of all the sisters and students. That small chapel also soon became too small, and a third, larger church was built for the university.

The sisters are very proud of the grounds, and do much to maintain historic architecture and gardens. The grounds are home to Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum, displaying exotic trees from around the world.

On December 20, 1978 Georgian Court was added to the National Register of Historic Places, on August 2, 1978 to the State Register of Historic Places and on February 4, 1985, designated a National Historic Landmark.
Full name of the abbey/monastery/convent: Georgian Court University

900 Lakewood Ave
Lakewood, NJ USA

Religious affiliation: Catholic

Date founded/constructed: 1898

Web Site: [Web Link]

Status of Use: Acitvely Used

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