Welcome to 10 Franklin Place… A 16-room masterpiece originally constructed by famed American industrialist, Alfred Vail. Vail, who is credited with inventing the telegraph and morse code. His cousin, Theodore Vail, was the mining magnate who founded (and first president of) AT&T. Mr. Vail built the house for his wife, Amanda. The Queen Anne Victorian residence was designed by famed architect James Winthrop. Construction began in 1870 and was completed in 1876. A well-kept treasure of Morristown’s illustrious Gilded Age. Nestled behind a gated entry, enjoy a remarkable level of privacy, while being only steps from downtown Morristown’s vibrant restaurants, shopping & NYC direct train.
The exterior of the home features a patterned Buckingham slate tiled roof, imbricated shingled gables, overhanging bargeboards, clipped peak hand-crafted end brackets and decorative corbels. The superbly planned interior pairs intricate details with regally scaled living spaces. The residence is uncompromising in the quality of its construction and craftsmanship, including quarter sawn oak floors, wide cornices, magnificent detailed moldings, custom millwork, mitered mahogany inlaid wood floors and wide archways. The grand scale and refined elegance of the formal rooms are perfect for entertaining. Features include a formal receiving gallery and reception hall, French doors, stained glass windows, elaborate door hinges and eight bedrooms in total.
A breathtaking double-archway and foyer welcomes all who enter. Intricate hardwood floors, large rooms and stately 10′ ceilings adorn the 1st floor. Graced by seven fireplaces (all functional!), Central A/C throughout, elaborate trim & moulding at every turn, front and rear staircases, 3rd-floor Library with built-in bookcases, a Butler’s Pantry and gorgeous Gourmet Kitchen w/professional series appliances and fireplace. Marvel at the epic proportions of the 3-room Master Suite including a yoga/art studio/gym/office with vaulted beamed ceiling, balcony, massive sitting room/walk-in closet and a lavish master bath w/radiant heat floors.
Enjoy the sun-drenched conservatory with six sets of French doors leading to a lush half-acre garden featuring extensive specimen plantings, a waterfalled koi pond, grape arbor & Outdoor Kitchen complete with grill, refrigerator, leathered granite countertops and BBQ pit. All this beauty is neatly punctuated by a heated gunite pool with separate spa/hot tub and extensive outdoor lighting. The home also boasts a newer (2017) oversized 3-car garage Carriage House.
Updated on September 6, 2022 at 4:26 pm