House that Lives, The

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House that Lives, The
Designer Wendehack, Clifford C.
Location Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Date 1922
Building Type Housing
Construction System Stucco, Stucco, Weatherboard, Wood
Architectural Style Tudor Revival
Street Address 83 Watchung Ave. Walk Score
Notes also known as Sullivan House; the original owner was Miss Edith A. Bogue a prominent figure in the Upper Montclair community and daughter of the late Dr. Edward Augustus Bogue; the house is featured in a New York Times story published on Sunday August 26, 1923 which includes a photograph of the newly completed structure.

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National Register of Historic Places
Name House that Lives, The
NRHP Area Montclair MRA
ID Number 86002976
NRHP Status Listed In The National Register
Certification Date 07/01/1988
Level of Significance Local
NRHP Documents Text (pdf) ; Photos (pdf)


The garden of The House that Lives is the home of the Edith Bogue Magnolia grandiflora. The Edith Bogue Magnolia is the first documented M. grandiflora to survive outside its native temperature range and is recognized as the most cold-tolerant M. grandiflora cultivar in existence. It continues to set the standard by which cold tolerance in M. grandiflora is measured and it is also an excellent rootstock for magnolia grafts. In the summer of 2008 the Edith Bogue tree was 88 years old and in excellent condition. Clones of the tree are widely distributed throughout the world and are available at most major garden centers in North America and Europe.

The Edith Bogue Magnolia originated as a seedling in Florida. From there it was sent to Ms. Edith A. Bogue in New Jersey in 1920. After several years, when it grew too large to be moved, the Edith Bogue Magnolia was transplanted to the gardens at 83 Watchung Avenue Montclair, New Jersey . Sometime in the 1950’s [verification required] it was propagated by a local nurseryman, Harry Deverman(1), who recognized that it had survived many severe winters unscathed by the elements and that it warranted propagation on this count alone. He named it in honor of the owner of the garden in which it was discovered. With the objective of verifying its hardiness at other locations, three plants were obtained for the magnolia collection of the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum by Dr. John M. Fogg Jr. (2). The Edith Bogue Magnolia lived up to its reputation by weathering several severe Philadelphia winters in succession in the late 1970’s (3). The tree is known to have survived a low temperature of -24°F (-31°C).

This cultivar is a relatively slow growing tree but it may grow to be more than thirty feet in height and it produces a rounded form at maturity. This is predominantly due to its maintenance of a strong, upright terminal leader which produces a tree with a symmetrical head. It has large glossy, dark green leaves, which have a fairly heavy brown tomentum on their under surfaces. The flowers are large and waxy white and are produced in profusion during the mid-summer period.

1. Residence: 1461 Van Houten Avenue Clifton New Jersey.

2. Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum from 1959 to 1966. Dr. Fogg was also a founder of the National Magnolia Society.

3. The coldest month during this period was January 1977 when the temperature averaged 19.9°F (-6.7°).

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National Register of Historic Places

"Upper Montclair Competes For Better Homes Prize", New York Times, Sunday August 26, 1923, pg. RE2

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