Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs


Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $47,331 (2004)
Grant Recipient: Lutheran Home at Moorestown
County: Burlington
Municipality: Moorestown

Breidenhart is a castle-like mansion designed in 1894 for Samuel Allen, inventor of the Flexible Flyer. From 1918 to 1943, Eldridge Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine, owned the property and remodeled the interior with custom wood paneling.  Owned by the Lutheran Home since 1945, the house has served as patient rooms and office space.  Now vacant, the Home is planning to rehabilitate the house for a new office and health care facility that will serve residents of the Lutheran Home and the community.

The Trust grant helped fund a detailed historic structure report that identified historic features, examined existing conditions, and documented the site’s unique history. Recommendations for preserving Breidenhart will help the owner adapt the interior space for modern medical office use.

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