Milton Untermeyter, a NY stockbroker, built the mansion in the 1920’s. It was built in a French style and the property was home to many fruit trees. It was sold twice before it burnt down in 1968. The property was secured by a large iron fence, and it garnered the property the nickname “the Gate” because of the massive main gate. When a new owner tore down “the gate” a local resident rescued it and restored it.
I saw an article about this place in the Bergen Record. A Wayne man named John Konarski bought the property and intended to build a mansion on the property. The realtor showed him the property and casually remarked, “But there’s a ruins down at the bottom of the hill.” “Ruins?” asked Konarski? Upon seeing it, he decided he would buy it and rebuild Untermeyer Mansion.
I called Mr Konarski who said he expected the rebuilding to take 12 months, and perhaps 3/4 of a million dollars. He he will do some of the work himself, and will be involved in all aspects of the build.
April 2006: Update: On a recent visit to check out whether the owner had rebuilt the Untermeyer mansion (he hadn’t) I noticed the Untermeyer boathouse by the lake. I park and got these quick pictures.
Just a quick note…if you haven’t been to the Untermeyer Castle/Lake yet, you may wish to go sooner as opposed to later. The whole area is a new development with upscale homes. At the end of Sawmill Rd. the is something resembling a cul de sac. (newly constructed). To the left are two paved roads heading up hill. The one on the left will ultimately bring you around to the remains of the house. There are no trespassing signs at the end of the paved portion of the road. I was hoping to run into someone to find out what the plans were for the old house but there was no one around. Someone has been clearing the foliage from the ruins and it looks somewhat different without the leafy cover. Based on the activity it appears that someone may have plans for renovating the old house. *shrug*
I went to the castle and am sorry to say it is almost gone. There is some construction gear in the area already they are chopping down trees and are getting ready to get rid of it. Anyway I would suggest that you get there VERY SOON. They have No trespassing sign on the road going up to the castle, But we bushwhacked up the hill and never saw them until we where leaving. The area was pretty dead there was some houses nearby that they where working on but not at the castle. The castle looks small But I could imagine how it looked back in the day. It must have been VERY nice house for it time. I think they are going to use the walls to rebuild it into a home. I wish I could buy it! But if anything GET TO THE SITE SOON!!!!