A little over a year ago, I fell in love. Not some sort of familiar and comfortable love, but the rabid, sweaty palmed, my eyes-go-dilated-whenever-I-see-you kind of love. I was working on a post for Ruffled (one of dear Molly’s incredible shoots) when I saw it: the estate of my dreams, a Great Expectations meets The Great Gatsby meets Ashley’s wildest fancies. It’s dark, it’s dilapidated, it’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen. Over time I’ve seen numerous weddings held here, Anthropologie catalogs shot here, and The Royal Tenenbaums filmed here. And I tell you, every single one of these was impeccable. Here’s some eye candy so you can share in my love of this glorious place:
From New York Magazine:
“This manor has a wonderful Great Expectations feel,” Jung Lee of Fête says. Thirty minutes from Manhattan, in Yonkers, Alder Manor is a charmingly dilapidated 72-room 1912 estate built by the same architects behind the Frick. With crumbling vine-covered gardens, fresco-decked interior walls, and an unused indoor pool, the effect is romantic and slightly melancholy. And there are quirks: The house has just two working bathrooms, so port-a-potties are a must, and you’re locked in to using their caterer. The mansion was abandoned for years but is now owned by a small nonprofit that rents it out for film shoots (The Royal Tenenbaums) and events for as many as 250 seated guests (up to 400 for cocktails).
the asinine design ramblings of ashley. this is my little space for the sundry items and ideas that inspire me in my professional and personal lives, with a tinge of cat lady weirdness thrown in for good measure.
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