A Ballroom Beauty on the Hilltop
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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.