Buyer Snags Former Newark Home of Rutgers Historian Clement A. Price

The ornately detailed brownstone in the Lincoln Park district of Newark—the late Price's adopted hometown—sold before it even hit the open market.

This brownstone at 55 Lincoln Park in Newark was formerly owned by Newark historian Clement A. Price.

The former home of Clement A. Price, a historian and Rutgers professor who died in 2014, recently went under contract before it even hit the open market.

“A few people who saw the house were mainly interested in buying it because he owned it—and it’s a beautiful house,” said Compass Real Estate’s Carissa Borraggine, who listed the home exclusively to Compass agents.

Interest in the 1887 brownstone Price owned at 55 Lincoln Park in Newark was amplified by the affection many felt—and still feel—for this stalwart supporter of the town.

A native of Washington, D.C., Price adopted Brick City as his home during the turbulent sixties, eventually settling in the Lincoln Park district. He became known for his fervent love of New Jersey and the city of Newark.

The dentil moulding along the ceiling line, and the deep baseboard moulding, are signatures of a bygone era.

Once sought after by the turn-of-the century rich and famous, many of the homes in the Lincoln Park district reflect classic architectural elements. Price’s 2,904-square-foot former residence features a handsome golden brick exterior with an arched entryway. Inside, there are original hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, crown moulding and carved trim.

Price’s home has maintained its original, ornately detailed 1887 staircase.

The Lincoln Park area earned distinction on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The neighborhood, which spans 23 acres, includes performing arts venue Symphony Hall, historically significant landscaping, and prominent statues.

Considered the arts district, the area is host to the Lincoln Park Music Festival, and encompasses the City Without Walls gallery, as well as the Newark School of the Arts, a performance and fine arts institution.

A full-circle moment? Clement’s Place, a cabaret-style jazz club that honors Price’s passion for the music, is located on nearby Washington Street.

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