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Ogden-Conrad Homestead

Ogden-Conrad Homestead

Built circa1760 by unknown architects and builders, Ogden-Conrad Homestead was originally the home of New Jersey Governor and United States Senator Aaron Ogden (1756-1839).

In the mid-20th century the property became the home of Theodore Conrad (1910-1994), a renowned architect, architectural model maker and city preservationist who inspired a generation of young architects and activists.

From his Ogden Avenue estate, Conrad, who was born, raised and passed away in the Heights, crafted hand-tooled models of major buildings by world-famous architects, including Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier and Lever House by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

In the early-1950s, Conrad’s model-making workshop studio, located inside an industrial annex attached to his house, was at the height of production. Only a handful of the most talented apprentices worked there.

Around 2016 the house and yards were altered and/or demolished.

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