Ruling halts demolition of mansion once owned by Doris Duke

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Posted: Mar 06, 2016 3:02 PM
Ruling halts demolition of mansion once owned by Doris Duke

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Demolition work at a historic New Jersey mansion once owned by tobacco heiress and socialite Doris Duke has again been put on hold.

Crews started tearing down the Hillsborough Township mansion Saturday, a day after a judge rejected a community group's bid to halt the work.

The work was expected to continue Sunday, but an appellate court judge late Saturday granted an emergent motion filed by the group. The judge ordered a halt to all demolition work until the matter is resolved.

The 67,000-square-foot mansion has been empty since Duke's death in 1993. Foundation officials say it has fallen into disrepair and would take at least $10 million to bring up to code.

The foundation's executive director says he was surprised by the ruling but would respect the court order.