Remembering The Past: Elizabeth’s Past

Picture caption The Fulton home, which stood at 528 Morris Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Robert Baptista)

by Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-More great past information from Robert Baptista: ” Diane, Stockbroker John Fulton, Jr. built this beautiful home at 528 Morris Avenue, across from Parker Road, in 1896. The architect was David B. Provost of Elizabeth, who designed many fine residences in the city.

“This home reflects the Queen Anne architectural style and was built with granite stone from a New Jersey quarry and trimmed with red brick. It had a black slate roof and gutters lined with copper. The home was lighted for both gas and electricity. Heating was by hot water pipes placed behind the plastered walls. The first floor had a reception hall, parlor, music room, dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, laundry area and a bathroom. The second floor had six bedrooms and a full bathroom. The attic had rooms for servants and storage.

“The home was later occupied by Philip A. Diehl, electrical engineer and founder of the Diehl Manufacturing Co., a major supplier to the Singer Sewing Machine Co. Diehl died in 1913. In the 1920s, Max Keppler, a New York City purchasing agent, was living there with his wife Clara Diehl. Memorial Osteopathic Hospital took over the home in the 1940s. It was demolished shortly after 1954 when the hospital moved to Union. An apartment building stands there today.”

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