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A Ballroom Beauty on the Hilltop

A Ballroom Beauty on the Hilltop

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A warm October sun and cool autumn breeze provided a perfect complement to the Conservancy’s 10th annual house tour held on Sunday, October 26th.  This year’s unique tour offered a double treat — a visit to the home of Marianne and Steven Mills on 16 Prescott Avenue and a self-guided tour of the Bronxville Women’s Club, celebrating the 80th anniversary of its clubhouse on Midland Avenue where the reception and BHC Annual Meeting were also held.

More than 135 members signed up to tour the Mills’ Bates and How designed house. Built in 1912 on a steeply sloping hillside, this magnificent house was the first dual-house built in the historic Lawrence Park district, and the first Hilltop house to be showcased by the Conservancy in its fall tours. The unique layout of the six-story home and beautiful gardens was surpassed only by the wonderful paintings in the home which included works by Bronxville artists Bruce Crane, Will Low and Milne Ramsey and the magnificent library suite hand-crafted and installed by Mr. Mills.

A special jitney carried members to and from the house and the Bronxville Women’s Club during the afternoon. The clubhouse was designed by Penrose Stout, a nephew-by-marriage to Anna Lawrence Bisland, daughter of William Van Duzer Lawrence. She also owned 16 Prescott and donated the land at Midland and Tanglewylde for the Women’s Club. Completed in 1928, the clubhouse was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is in almost original condition.