Mansion in May Muse: Millionaire’s Row

mansion-in-may.jpgIf walls could talk at Alnwick Hall, aka The Abbey, this next Mansion in May venue would delight every eavesdropper.

The Women’s Association’s 18th Designer Showhouse and Gardens fundraiser, which benefits a new Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at the hospital, was built in the early 1900s. Original owners Edward and Rosalie Meany named their country mansion after Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, which served as the set for Hogwarts Castle in two Harry Potter films.
Bearing a faint likeness to the famed School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Meanys’ 20,000-square-foot home provided ample room for entertaining neighbors. Mrs. Meany loved throwing elaborate parties and once stunned her guests by wearing a gown decorated with Christmas tree lights. Another time she hosted an exclusive performance by Metropolitan Opera singer Madame Alma Gluck for 200 guests in her great hall.
“The mansion’s rich history and proximity to the hospital during its 125th anniversary year make this location a show stopper,” says Katie Nolle, co-chair along with Megan Schubiger.
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