27 Hooper Avenue
Atlantic Highlands
NJ 07716

Linson House

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Built in early 1900s, this house overlooks the natural hillside amphitheater where concerts and religious meetings were held int eh 1880s. It's an excellent example of the Craftsman style which was popular in the early 20th century.

Distinctly American, this style stresses simplicity, beauty and utility in the use of natural woods, rectangular surfaces, crisp and clear lines and handiwork.

The house was designed and built by Corwin Knapp Linson with the help of the Craftsman Society under the architect Gustave Stickley. Built of concrete with iron and copper ties and described as practically indestructible by Craftsman magazine in 190.

People: Corwin Knapp Linson was an artist. he lived and had his studio in this house for 50 years before his death in 1959. Among his works; a large mural of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River. Painted in 1936 after a trip to the Holy Land. It is located int eh baptistery of the Central Baptist Church, where he was a member and Deacon. The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society has data on 60 of his paintings. See Linson information in the Exhibits Notebook in the Strauss Mansion.

Streetscape: Hooper Avenue runs up a steep, 45 degree hill at each end of its semi-circular course. its eastern end surrounds the hillside auditorium. Houses along this arc are on a high overlook down to the harbor and the bay. The Hoopers, starting with Captain Samuel Hooper who served in the Ware of 1812, were major landowners in Leonardville and Atlantic Highlands, including this elevated tract and all the way down to the bay. In 1881, Samuel's son, Judge Edward Hooper, sold 80 acres in the upland portion to the Methodist-run Atlantic Highlands Association, reserving his homestead leans on today's Scenic Court and 300 feet of waterfront below.

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