Grand Italianate in Rochelle Park Dated to 1863 Heads to Auction

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Historic property up for auction: 49 East Passaic Street, Rochelle Park. Photo via Zillow.

Located in Rochelle Park, on nearly one acre, this historic Captain William Tyson house is for sale at auction to the highest bidder with a set minimum bid.

Built around 1863, this home is both architecturally and historically significant. The architectural style, Italianate, is a rarity in North New Jersey and this grand example is one of the few remaining in Bergen County and has been deemed one of the most elaborate.

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Original natural gas brass chandeliers and grand staircase. Photo via Zillow.

The home, purchased by the Township of Rochelle Park in 2015, was then issued a Certificate of Eligibility for listing on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places by the township committee.

According to Preservation NJ, Captain William Tyson was a captain of sailing ships, who eventually became a ship chandler in New York City and lived in this home with his family after 1864.

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Carved marble mantle and floor-to-ceiling windows. Photo via Zillow.

Retaining much of its original grandeur, the interior of the home remains largely unchanged, featuring original natural gas brass chandeliers, a grand staircase in the entrance foyer, carved marble mantels unique to each room, large pier infinity mirrors, floor-to-ceiling windows to let in natural light, elaborate plasterwork, and original glass sconces.

At 5,600 square feet, this three-floor home includes eight bedrooms and three bathrooms.

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Elaborate plasterwork. Photo via Zillow.

Distinguished by markers of the Italianate style, the architecture of the home boasts a cube-like shape with a highlighted entrance, tall and narrow windows, and a rooftop cupola.

Under ownership by the township, the home’s roof was repaired, heating system replaced, and exterior painted.

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The historic Captain William Tyson house. Photo via Zillow.

The home, located at 49 East Passaic Street, is going to auction on August 29 with a starting bid of $400,000.

Listing: 49 East Passaic Street [Zillow]



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  1. My name is Gary Schneider and I am on the Plainfield HPC. I enjoy the article and have a question.

    What are the conditions of the after-sale and it is in the new owner name?
    Can they knock it down? What else is on the condition?

    Great home.

  2. Good thing you said that, if you remove this okay but at least I got to say it.
    This house is unbelievably beautiful. Don’t let this dumb SOB tear it down or any one else. It looks almost brand new, inside and out.Places like this need to be cherished and admired by each new generation.


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