Friday, January 25, 2013

G.G. Green's Euclid St. Residence

I recently discovered something amazing in an 1870's era Atlas of Gloucester County. Many of us are familiar with G.G. Green's mansion, "Gray Towers" that once stood on Cooper St. But how many of us are aware that Green had a home on Euclid Street before he "struck it rich," let alone know what it looks like? I was very excited to find the below illustration in the Combination atlas map of Salem & Gloucester Counties, New Jersey:

It is commonly quoted that G.G. Green returned to Woodbury to help with his father's growing patent medicine business in November 1872. His mansion was not built until approx. 1879. So it makes sense that the above image of his first(?) house was found in an survey and map of Woodbury dating 1876. The accompanying map (see snippet below) shows G.G. Green on Euclid St and if examined closely, the above illustration shows a steam train on the tracks which sit behind and below Euclid even still.
** UPDATE: According to the History of Woodbury, New Jersey: from 1681 to 1936: "Dr. Green's first residence in Woodbury was the cottage on the Reeves lot, site of the present Court apartments on South Broad Street; the second on Euclid street; and in 1876 he moved to the stone mansion on Cooper Street."

Further evidence reveals a house in the exact same style (at least originally) still standing on Euclid, quite near where the map shows; this may or may not be Green's. If you look closely at the top illustration there appears to be another house in the same style to the left of Green's house, which is not the case with the house still standing; in its place sits a mansard roofed building from the same era. Perhaps the house that still stands (pictured below) is the one to the left of Green's in the illustration and Green's was torn down at one point. Again, and I hate to sound ungrateful, as believe me, I am happy the current house is still there in the first place, but there was some serious stucco-happy contractors in Woodbury in the 80's. The current Euclid St. house, which functions as a lawyers office I believe, also suffers from the closed-in porch treatment. It does appear to be in great shape, although I wish non-preservationist minded contractors would stop forcing old Colonial and Victorian era structures to look like new "McMansion" architecture.


Everts & Stewart (1970). Combination atlas map of Salem & Gloucester counties, New Jersey. Woodbury, NJ: Gloucester County Historical Society.
History of Woodbury, New Jersey: From 1681 to 1936. James D. Carpenter, Benjamin F. Carter. 1937.