Maplewood Real Estate

After 120 Years in One Family, 580 Prospect Hits the Market for $1.359 Million

580 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ. Photo was taken November 4, 2018 while the house was still under renovation.

Local residents have watched with awe as a grand Queen Anne style home at 580 Prospect in Maplewood has been restored and renovated over the past half year.

Besides removing a forest of trees and undergrowth from the property to reveal the 6-bedroom, center hall structure — and detached garage — realtor Robert Northfield says that the home features beautifully “restored architectural details” plus all the modern amenities, including a fully renovated kitchen as well as modern bathrooms.

Northfield also notes that this is the first time that the home has been on the market, despite having been built before 1900 (see video below). Maplewood Township Historian Susan Newberry explains that the home was lived in continuously by one family for 120 years.

Built by Benjamin Franklin Jones (1865-1939), a local developer and a one-time Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly, the house’s residents of longest duration were Jones’ daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Jones Crandall, and her late husband Dr. Charles Crandall who lived in the house until just a few years ago. The two doctors raised four children at 580 Prospect. Charles Crandall died in 2017; Liz Crandall now lives in New Providence.

Photo circa 1900, Courtesy R.H.Grasmere Local History Center, Maplewood archive maintained by Durand-Hedden House:

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Newberry explained that B.F. Jones developed a number of properties in Maplewood, including a “large plot” from Elmwood to Madison along Prospect Street (Jones and partners marketed the area as “South Orange Heights,” a section of “Montrose Ridge” — the east side of Prospect from Garfield to Madison). Jones moved from property development to law over time and ultimately was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly, serving as Speaker of the House for two years (the youngest ever to have done so, even to this day) and was later appointed Orange District Court Judge.

When Jones died at age 65 in 1935 (see his obituary below), he left behind his sister, his wife, his 11-year-old son Benjamin and his 12-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Elizabeth, who attended Tuscan School with her brother, went on to graduate from Columbia High in 1941, attend Wellesley College and earn her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons — where she met and married another student, Charles Crandall. She was the first woman to serve as Medical Director to the Prudential Insurance Company and was also Chief Medical Director at American International Group (AIG). As part of her many contributions to the community, Liz Crandall served as school physician for the South Orange-Maplewood School District for 20 years and for Our Lady of Sorrows School for 30 years. Another major community contribution was her work in raising funds and helping to build the South Mountain YMCA.

Charles Crandall grew up in Jersey City but, due to Liz Jones, made Maplewood his home for most of his life. Shaken by his experience fighting in the Pacific in WWII, Crandall became a doctor “so no one ever would die on his watch for his lack of knowledge.” As a doctor, he ran a practice from the house at No. 580 when the homes on Prospect where lined with doctors and other professionals offering home/office service. Charles Crandall was also on the medical staffs of the Hospital Center at Orange, East Orange General Hospital and St. Barnabas Medical Center. At East Orange General, he was instrumental in establishing the first intensive care unit in New Jersey. He was an ardent conservationist and boy scout. (Read Dr. Charles Eben Crandall’s obituary here.)

The Crandall family has now spread its talents and good will across the country. Charlie and Liz Crandall’s children are Marilyn Crandall Jones, M.D., of San Diego; the Honorable Charles Stevens Crandall of San Luis Obispo; the late Richard Squire Crandall; and the late David Jones Crandall of San Diego. Their grandchildren are Abigail Elizabeth Jones of Washington D.C.; Joanne Elizabeth Crandall of San Luis Obispo; and Warren Stevens Crandall of Boston.

See Susan Newberry’s history of this “remarkable” family below.

Photo circa 1900, Courtesy R.H.Grasmere Local History Center, Maplewood archive maintained by Durand-Hedden House:

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Regarding the architecture of 580 Prospect, Newberry reports that the home is a Queen Anne style house, a popular late Victorian style that was prominent from the late 1870s to early 1900s. (Newberry says that 580 Prospect was probably built around 1897-1899.) The Queen Anne style melds “the ideals of the old-English cottage with the rampant decorative impulse of the Victorian Era” and features irregular floor plans, multiple steep roofs, porches with decorative gables, octagonal or circular towers, corbelled chimneys, and decorative windows and doors. (See original blueprints for 580 Prospect below.)

580 Prospect is listed for $1.359,000. For more information, visit www.580ProspectSt.com.

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