The Outlook

Historical Designation

The Outlook was designated an historic site on August 22, 2006.


  • 233 Bartholf Avenuenue
  • Block/Lot: 06720/004
  • County: Passaic
  • Municipality: Pompton Lakes


  • Date: circa 1890
  • Style: Late Victorian
  • Stories: Three
  • Foundation: Rubblestone/Fieldstone
  • Exterior Wall Fabric: Original siding was clapboard, which was covered over in the 1950s with mineral siding. The house
  • was resided in 2003 with narrow clapboard and scalloped vinyl siding.
  • Fenestration: 32/1 Wood sash. Original upper sash Queen Ann Style windows
  • Roof/Chimneys: Original Slate Roof/Three Chimneys

Additional Architectural Description

The period of the house is Late Victorian. The Victorian period was coming to a close and the high ornamentation of earlier homes of the same style was much less common.

The house consists of three stories with a one story addition added at the back of the house in 1972. The house has three gables. The front door is a large Dutch door. The upper sash of the windows combines stained glass and clear glass mullions.
There are two French doors in the dining room. There is a wrap-around porch on the front of the house that continues around 1/3 of the left side of the house. There is a small porch on the second floor as well.

The surrounding environment is suburban/residential. A two car garage and storage building are located on the western side of the property. The land is approximately 2/3 of an acre.

Original Owner

Built by Christine Terhune Herrick circa 1890. Mrs. Herrick called her home Outlook. Mrs. Herrick lived there for thirteen years.
Christine Terhune Herrick (1859-1944) was from a family of prolific writers.

She was the daughter of the writers Edward Payson Terhune and Mary Hawes Terhune and the sister of Albert Payson Terhune. The latter wrote more than ninety books using the pen name "Marion Harland." Mrs. Herrick wrote thirty books on domestic topics ranging from childcare to cooking and budgeting. She also wrote magazine articles and co-authored books with her mother. She is buried in the cemetery of Pompton Reformed Church.


  • Christine Terhune Herrick - 13 years
  • Amasa Smith - house went into foreclosure circa 1918
  • Winter family - 45 years
  • Eldau Realty bought the property in 1963 and subdivided the original 3 - 4 acres leaving the house with 2/3 of an acre. At this time, due to the subdivision the address of the house changed from 304 Pompton Avenue to 233 Bartholf Avenue.
  • Tanner family 1963 to 1967
  • Herz family to present