First Place “Exterior Design” Mansions in May 2008
Mansion in May is the The Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital (WAMMH) signature fundraiser. Held in an area estate, this very popular event has occurred every two or three years for the past 34 years with nearly 20,000 visitors experiencing a spectacular showcase of design talent. This event has raised $4.2 million for Morristown Memorial Hospital. WAMMH has contributed a total of nearly $10 million to the Hospital since 1989. The Mansion In May showcases the talents of prominent interior and landscape designers in the extraordinary setting of a historic mansion.[portfolio_slideshow size=large navpos=disabled autoplay=true pagerpos=disabled trans=fade speed=1000]
All of the proceeds from the Mansion in May event will be directed to the expansion of in-patient and out-patient pediatric hematology and oncology services at the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital. The pediatric hematology oncology program at the hospital has achieved national recognition, providing the latest, cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment options for children, adolescents, and young adults with blood diseases and cancer. It is of great importance that this very specialized life-saving medical care is available close to home, reducing the stress and exhaustion that often occurs when children and their families must travel long distances for medical treatme
Froh Heim is located on Liberty Corner Road, in Far Hills. The circa 1923 Mediterranean-style stone and stucco house with a red-tile roof, was designed by architects Peabody, Wilson & Brown of New York. Froh Heim (German for “happy home”) was home to Evander B. Schley, a mining industrialist. This is the second house to be called Froh Heim – The first being an 1888 rambling country house, built by Schley’s parents, Grant and Elizabeth Schley. Elizabeth is said to have exclaimed over the beautiful view of the “far hills,” thus naming the place where there was not yet a village. Most of the original Froh Heim was demolished after Grant Schley’s death in 1917 and the new Froh Heim was built partially on the existing foundation. In the 1930s, alterations to the main house were made by architect F. Burrall Hoffman Jr. The house boasts 7 bedrooms, 8 baths and 8 fireplaces. The library paneling was imported from Czechoslovakia and the parquet flooring in the dining room was acquired from a house in France. The 11.4 acre property also includes a large barn, smoke house and well house. Mansion historical information is taken with permission from New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills, Volume 1 by John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson. The committee graciously acknowledges their valuable contribution of the historical documentation.
The gardens at Froh Heim were designed in 1926 by noted garden designer, Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950). Within the walled gardens at Froh Heim, E.B. Shipman employed her signature style to create an “intimate outdoor room” with appealing simple lines and carefully proportioned axial layouts; her gardens at Froh Heim contain lush perennial plantings, a pergola, fountain, brick terraces and specially designed wrought iron elements, which include gates, railings, and an unusual vine holder. E. B Shipman designed over 40 personal gardens in New Jersey and more than 650 nationwide. Significant Shipman commissions include the Longfellow House gardens, Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans. The E.B. Shipman gardens at Froh Heim are being faithfully restored.
The restoration of the gardens was performed by Wicklow and Laurano Landscape and Excavating Contractors.