Strahan House – The Restoration

by Jeffrey Bogert on November 18, 2008

Back in September we alerted you that 99 Lloyd Road in Montclair had come on the market. We had a chance to sit down with the listing agents to compile a list of some of the many improvements that were made by Jean Strahan during the restoration of her home “Daybreak”.

Word on the street is that “Daybreak” will be featured on OpenHouse NYC in the near future so check back with us and we will let you know when you can catch the segment. Without further adieu here is the list.

Outside entry

  • Original Pillars have been braced and the tiles and limestone casings have been replaced
  • New brick entry stairs leading down to front of home
  • Completely level property- all new plants and landscaping
  • New Wrought Iron fence- copy of original- replaced 5 years ago
  • All new retaining walls
  • Slate roof was replaced with all new black paper and Vermont slate
  • All windows are brand new – all have UV protection with one thick pane. Copied from the original windows with bronze weather stripping and rubber gaskets at both top and bottom. When locked- windows are sealed very tight. All hardware and pull chains are solid bronze with easy glide feature
  • Dormers have copper roofs with original detail
  • Both chimneys have been rebuilt
  • Four Security cameras on premises- can have up to 10 on property – same security globes and system as the Pentagon
  • Motion sensors & roaming program whereby you can access all security through the web
  • All outdoor lighting is remote accessible
  • House is waterproofed every few years
  • House has massive drainage pipes and system built in property

Entry Vestibule

  • Interior and ceiling of vestibule all hand painted on silver leaf
  • Brand new concrete under tiled floor of entry
  • Massive oversized mahogany closets (2) in vestibule
  • Original hardware on all doors

Entry into Home

  • 1st chandelier (after entering from vestibule) from Frick House prior to being converted to a Museum
  • One original sconce existed and the rest perfectly recreated from a source in Europe
  • All heat and A/C registers copied from the original
  • 11 zone central air chilling system. Entire house has thermal sensors in each room- they control the temp- no thermostats
  • Entire entry salon and stairway leading up to 2nd landing- all wired for high and low placed paintings- complete art gallery

Living Room

  • not wired for TV …only audio


  • Leads to covered porch completely rebuilt by Jack Finn- premier Essex County builder
  • All AMX wired
  • Double radiators on either side of fireplace
  • Two original chandeliers


  • All AMX wired
  • Large mirror was bought at auction- and the owner loved that it matched the plaster trim and moldings in room.
  • Bookcases made to match detail from mirror.
  • Main thermostat for house in library
  • Original pocket doors with original glass and hardware leading into Dining Room

The entire home has mahogany trim except for the kitchen which is all oak, including the butler’s pantry. Three types of hardwood floors throughout house

  • All formal areas- quartersawn oak
  • Staff area- includes 2nd floor back bedrooms and back area- maple
  • All 3/F-   heart pine (by today’s standard- this is now the more expensive pine- they are very slow growing trees and have a nicer look and color)
  • Floors in library and part of entry salon are new

Kitchen/ Butlers Pantry

  • Prep sink and station in Butlers Pantry with additional dishwasher (dishwasher has built in garbage disposal)
  • Glass doors of butlers pantry cabinets recreated from original house using glass made in the old way
  • Breakfast room was staff dining room
  • Original, reclaimed and reproduced subway tile
  • All light fixtures purchased to resemble gas lighting
  • Breakfast room wired for AMX
  • Double walk in pantry’s
  • Old ice box used as furniture for storage- has new gaskets and isready to be converted back into functioning fridge – needs compressor
  • Kitchen is also A/V wired
  • Northland commercial refrigerator and freezer
  • All solid brass fridge and freezer door hinges and hardware are recreated from old meat lockers
  • Duparquet stove from 1895. Was 12 burner converted to 8 burner. Cook-top is gas- oven is electric with solid nickel, brass and copper details
  • All Herbeau sink fixtures….the ones in the butlers pantry are salvaged
  • 8 Eiklor gas fireplaces
  • all bedrooms wired with AMX

Master Bedroom/ Dressing Room/ Bath

  • Salvaged tub
  • Faux doors house oversized steam shower
  • Home has all Crapper pulls for all toilets.
  • All toilet boxes, seats, trim are mahogany
  • Master bath has urinal
  • Brass medicine cabinets are modeled after the original ones from the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
  • Massive all mahogany dressing room with fireplace, also for AMX

Guest Bedroom

  • En-suite full bath
  • Bathroom floor has hexagonal porcelain floor (not the standard ceramic)
  • Chandelier is an early 1800′s Italian piece the owner collected and brought to the house

All sconces came from the sister house (Daybreak 2) just below on the hill. Originally all of the fixtures were made by Baccarat

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Brendan Aiello June 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Wow, looks like she may have overdone it a little :).

Can say, I do wish I had a “Crapper Pull” though!

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