The Eldridge Reeves (E.R.) Fenimore Johnson Estate.
The home of an inventor, reinvented.
The centerpiece of the 32-acre wooded campus of The Evergreens is Matthews Hall, a stately three-story, Georgian-style manor of hard-burned brick topped by a classic Stonesfield slate roof.
The mansion was the private home of Eldridge Reeves (E.R.) Fenimore Johnson (1899-1986), an executive of the world-famous Victor Talking Machine Company, founded in 1901 by his father Eldridge Reeves Johnson. When the company was sold to the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1929, forming RCA Victor, E.R. Fenimore Johnson retired to become an explorer, yachtsman, naval researcher and pioneer-inventor in the development of underwater photography.
In 1949, the estate became the new home of The Evergreens, which had outgrown the Bound Brook, New Jersey, location it had occupied since its founding in 1919. The mansion was named Matthews Hall in honor of Reverend Paul Matthews, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey at the time.
Today, this majestic edifice is home to our new Design Center. It also features a large dining room that is available for private, catered events.
If you would like to step inside and explore this stately mansion, we invite you to Schedule a Visit. For more information about the origins of The Evergreens as a retirement community, please read Our History.