A community group hasn’t given up its efforts to stop the demolition of a historic New Jersey mansion that heiress Doris Duke once called home. Click through to see pictures of the sprawling Duke Farms.
FILE - Socialite and tobacco heiress Doris Duke is seen in a 1956 file photo.
A weathered entryway is seen through a glass door at the sprawling main mansion of the Duke Farms estate in Hillsborough Township, N.J. Built on a 2,700-acre estate in central New Jersey, the majestic mansion that heiress Doris Duke once called home is now facing an uncertain future. The Duke Farms Foundation, which oversees the property, wants to demolish the 65,000-square-foot mansion, which has been empty since the tobacco heiress’ death in 1993. They say the building built in 1893 has fallen into disrepair with asbestos and mold problems and would take anywhere from $10 to 20 million to bring it up to code, but critics say the officials are are not considering other possible uses there that could generate income and community interest.
The French garden at Duke Gardens in Hillsborough, N.J., is seen Nov. 1, 2001. Duke Gardens, located on the 2,700-acre estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, are housed under nearly an acre of connected greenhouses and offer 11 theme displays using plants from all over the world.
A large room that once had a fountain, is seen through a window at the sprawling main mansion of the Duke Farms estate in Hillsborough Township, N.J.
Michael Catania, executive director of Duke Farms, walks through a weathered gate past cracked walls at the sprawling main mansion of the Duke Farms estate in Hillsborough Township, N.J.
A large stable with a clock tower is surrounded by fencing during restoration at Duke Farms in Hillsborough Township, N.J.