Amazing historic mansion in the heart of Berkeley Square. The house served as the residence of the Catholic Bishop and it features a chapel with frescos, amazing ceiling, a library with frescos in the ceiling, office, 12 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, grand staircase with stained glass window. This is an incredible property.
The neighborhood, Berkeley Square, is an early example of a planned suburban community. In the late1800's, the Cadwalader Estate, completely undeveloped rural land, was subdivided and provided with what were essentially urban amenities at the time, sewers, paved streets, gaslights, and city water. The building lots were then sold to middle and upper middle class families eager to escape the high density, crime, pollution, and other ills of urban life. The development of rapid public transport, namely trolleys and shortly thereafter the private auto, allowed families to live outside the city while commuting daily to jobs in the inner city. This basic pattern of suburban life was a dramatic break with past patterns of American life, where a family either lived on a farm or small village or lived in the city. The introduction of the concept and possibility of "suburban" living signaled the beginning of a new type of American life that has dominated the present century. The Berkeley Square area is an excellent example of the beginnings of suburbia, an important facet of American culture (Trenton Historic Society).