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Historic Millville mansion gets a makeover

January 25, 2014

MILLVILLE — It’s probably safe to assume that DaVinci didn’t worry about how much the paint cost when he was creating the Mona Lisa.

That’s sort of how John Scungio feels about 5 Central St.

For the home restoration carpenter, resurrecting the landmark Greek Revival that dominates the main crossroads of this sleepy village is the work of a lifetime.
“It’s going to be a challenge,” he says. “It’s going to take all my talents to bring it back to the way it was.”

The Central Street historic zone has its share of architectural gems, but few are more stately and grand than 5 Central St., which has long held a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. With its signature Doric columns adorning a solid granite porch, the house is believed to have been built about 1830 for one of the preeminent mill barons of the day, Edward S. Hall. His eponymously named woolen mill used to be within walking distance of his opulent homestead, replete with maid’s quarters and an elegant carriage house topped by a quintessentially colonial cupola.

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

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