May 13, 2016

Preservation Personals: Just a Stone's Throw from an Intellectual Mecca

  • By: Filip Mazurczak
William Rouse Homestead - Front

photo by: Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

2923 Main St., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Kurt Gödel. John Nash. Richard Feynman. And, of course, Albert Einstein, whose name is synonymous with genius.

What do they have in common—apart from their brilliant minds?

They all studied or taught at Princeton University, one of the greatest institutions of higher learning on earth. And you too can live in the back yard of this intellectual hub.

I am located less than five miles from Princeton’s Firestone Library, which holds one of the world’s biggest collections of rare manuscripts. Einstein’s former house, the Princeton Art Museum—home to works by such masters as Rodin, Bosch, and van Gogh—and quite a number of bookstores are also nearby.

If living so close to academic brilliance is attractive to you, then my quarters will likely appeal to your refined tastes. I was built in what is now the Lawrenceville Historic District in 1750 in the Colonial style. An intellectual like yourself undoubtedly appreciates elegance, and you will find just that in my granite counter tops, cherry cabinets, turquoise-painted front door, and richly decorated stairs.

Although Lawrenceville is a village, you won’t have to give up the perks of big city life; the train trip from Princeton Junction to Penn Station in New York City lasts just an hour.

As an added bonus, I’m situated just across the street from the Lawrenceville Gardens. After a visit to this lush oasis, you will know why New Jersey is called the Garden State.

If a charming, historic home near such an illustrious temple of the mind sounds appealing to you, click here to learn more.

William Rouse Homestead - Cherry Cabinets

photo by: Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

The cherry cabinets in my kitchen are just one of my sophisticated, elegant features.

William Rouse Homestead - Staircase

photo by: Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

There's plenty of space for your impressive book collection near my elegant staircase.

Filip Mazurczak is an editorial intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He previously worked as a freelance journalist, translator, and editor. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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