Fire Destroys Building At Historic Village at Allaire
The Brisbane Mansion was built in the early 1900s, and stood for over a century. It closed in 2005, and had started to fall into disrepair. Over the weekend, a fire broke out and the building will be demolished.
The Glendola Fire Company has some pictures from the scene:
Arthur Brisbane was a newspaper editor in the late 1800s, and was a close friend of William Randolph Hearst. He built up a huge estate in New Jersey, and after his death in 1936, he left 1,200 acres to the state, which became a huge park of Allaire State Park.
According to the Historic Village at Allaire, police escorted a group of teens away from the building the night of the fire, but no charges have been filed.
It's been a long time since I visited Allaire, but it was always an enjoyable trip. I camped out there years ago when I was a Boy Scout, and more recently a friend of mine got married there. It's a shame that parts of the park haven't been taken care of, because it's a truly great piece of New Jersey history.