Skylands Manor, Ringwood State Park, Ringwood, NJ   2007-05-08


Ringwood State Park in northern NJ, on the border with Rockland County (NY) houses the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in a former estate in the Ramapo Mountains.     This private estate was was sold in 1922 to Clarence McKenzie Lewis (1877-1959), an investment banker who was the stepson of William Salomon, founder of Salamon Brothers, the investment bank.    He built the mansion shown below, now owned along with the rest of the estate, by the State of New Jersey.





Note on the right chandeliers with bare bulbs.   In the late 19th and early 20th century, this was fashionable as a way of showing off one's 'high tech' innovations, of electric lights.   The same can be seen in the chandeliers in Grand Central Terminal.




Here's a sundial in action at 5:05 pm ...


Stained glass windows inside:



A griffin (left) is a popular architecture symbol showing a half lion, half eagle; you see it on many buildings and in other media forms.   You would most commonly see it on Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune every nite, since those are produced by Merv 'Griffin' productions:




Some nice closeup shots I got in the Botanic Garden:



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