Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pelham Manor House

You might believe you’d have to leave town for a walk by the water like this. 

But you don’t.

Take the 6 train to the end at Pelham Bay, then a short bike ride on a sun dappled path.

To this!

The spectacular Bartow-Pell Mansion, right here in the Bronx. 
Parts of this property go back to 1654.

It was enlarged and renovated to the Federal Style between 1836 and 1842.

Dozens of colonial figures you’ve heard of have lived, worked or stayed here. 

The house passed from Bartow to the Pell family and then sold to the city in 1888, two years after our ClockTower opened.

The gardens and reflecting pool date from 1916.

There’s an old stables.

And an even older graveyard.

The property gained Landmark status in 1976 and today is considered one of the finest examples of Federal housing in our entire country.

You can tour the mansion Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12noon to 4pm.

Next week we’ll go inside and I’ll post pictures of the interior rooms and passageways.

They really knew how to live.

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