Blairsden was the country home of C. Ledyard Blair, the grandson of John Insley Blair, who made his fortune from mining and building railroads. It was designed and constructed between 1897 and 1903. The architects were Carrère and Hastings--the same architects who designed the seven levels of stacks at the New York Public Library.
An article that appeared on NJ.com last September shares the news that Blairsden will be open to the public, possibly for the first time ever, during the month of May 2014 for Mansion in May, a major fundraising event of the Women's Association of the Morristown Memorial Medical Center. In preparation, high-end designers are decorating spaces in the mansion to showcase their art and their merchandise. Come spring, a road trip to the Somerset Hills of New Jersey and $40 will let you tour the interior and the grounds of this grand historic house.