Breidenhart Historic Structure Report

Moorestown, New Jersey


Breidenhart, also known as "The Castle," was designed by the Philadelphia architect Walter Smedley in 1894 for Samuel Leeds Allen, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment best known for his invention of the Flexible Flyer sled. Following Allen's death in 1918, the house was sold to Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder and President of the Victor Talking Machine Company, who made substantial alterations to the house. In 1947 the property was acquired by the Lutheran Home of New Jersey for use as an elder care facility. Over the course of the following half-century, the Lutheran Home made a number of modifications to the building and erected newer residential care facilities to the rear of the original residence. At the time of the study the building was vacant.

Hunter Research led a team of architects, engineers and other preservation professionals in completing a historic structure report for the building. The primary goal was to provide a firm foundation and guidance for the Lutheran Home's planned renovation and reoccupation of the house as the focal point of its campus. To this end, the report fully investigated the history of the building and its architectural evolution and documented the building's existing conditions in order to make recommendations concerning the future care and treatment of the building.

Client:  Lutheran Home at Moorestown 

Subconsultant:  Holt Morgan Russell Architects