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Date: April 22nd, 2016
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HISTORIC DETAILS: Fieldstone, Doors, and Windows

 

Willowdale Estate is a craftsman fieldstone mansion that was built in 1901 for the prominent lawyer and equestrian Bradley Webster Palmer. The outside walls of the estate are constructed entirely from field stones that were gathered from the surrounding pastures and fields in the land that Palmer acquired in the North Shore area. In this post we highlight some of the most lovely exterior details including our iconic doors and graceful windows.

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Date: February 26th, 2016
Categories: Historic Details
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HISTORIC DETAILS: The North Wing

Our historic home was commissioned in 1901 as a weekend retreat and as a place for the prominent lawyer Bradley Palmer to exercise his horses. The original entrance to the home was through the North Wing, which looked out onto a grassy lawn that sloped down towards the Ipswich River. In the 1920’s the rooms that originally held the stables and carriage house were converted into our Great Room and Dining Room, and the iconic red door entrance was added to the western side of the house. The North Wing is warm and spacious with hand-carved wooden details, high ceilings, built-in benches, and fireplaces.

Historic arts and crafts style North Wing with exposed beams and benches at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

Shane Godfrey Photography

ENTRANCE

The double doors leading into the home are adorned with steel fixtures, and there are two small windows on the left and right side of the door. The window on the eastern side of the entrance has a small stained glass rooster with the word “Matin” (“The Morning Song of Birds”) and the western side of the entrance has a window with an owl and the word “Vesper” (“The Evening Star”) as a reference for the sunrise and sunset.

Stained glass rooster with matin written on north wing window at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (600x800) Stained glass owl with vesper written on north wing window at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (600x800)

Photo: Sarah Boucher

The rich oak and cherry wood throughout the North Wing of the house are a prominent feature. Another significant door that is visible from the front entrance is one of the doors leading to the original location of the stables. The door has three window panels with wrought iron decorative glass, and depicts three horsemen with an inscription from Shakespeare’s “A Lovers Complaint”.

‘Well could he ride, and often men would say

‘That horse his mettle from his rider takes:

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PARLOR

The parlor has a smaller fireplace with large windows that face the western and northern sides of the property. This may have been the location of a dining table in the original layout of the home. Today we often setup our wooden bar in the Parlor, the perfect place to enjoy music and drinks!

Parlor with cockail tables and bar at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

Shane Godfrey Photography

LIBRARY

The Library has built-in cabinets and shelving with detailed molding lining the entire room. A large mantle and ample space for books helps us to conclude that this room may have had a study desk or reading chairs at some point! This room is perfect for private meetings, meals and as additional space for cocktail hour!

Library with fireplace and shelves Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

Shane Godfrey Photography

If you liked this post please check out the other “HISTORIC DETAILS” posts below:

Dining Room

Windows of Willowdale 

The Wedding Suite

Great Room 

Date: November 6th, 2015
Categories: Historic Details
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HISTORIC DETAILS: Great Room

When BRADLEY PALMER resided at WILLOWDALE ESTATE , he had many significant visitors including William Howard Taft and the Prince of Wales. In the 1920’s, he renovated the South Wing of the house and added the Great Room to entertain and host elegant dinner parties.

Host a birthday retirement party, dinner or corporate training at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Today the Great Room is one of the main spaces on the property used for dinner and dancing during the mansion season and as cocktail space during the tent season. The large room has cathedral ceilings with a brass candelabra chandelier, exposed wooden beams and a beautiful piano – the perfect balance of rustic and elegant. The open floor plan is fitting for a variety of event layouts and can be used with the adjacent DINING ROOM or Conservatory.

Great room  at historic Christmas party venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

A cherry wood orchestra balcony carved with intricate ornate detail overlooks the open floor plan and continues to be used for live entertainment just as it was during Bradley Palmer’s time.

Corporate event venue with elegant chandelier at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Carved wooden orchestra balcony event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Our custom wooden bar matches the wood elements throughout the house and resides in the Great Room during the tent season.

Custom  wooden bar for wedding or event at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Large scale built in shelving and a decorative fireplace is structured directly across the room from the orchestra balcony.

Corporate event venue for catered dinner parties at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Great room shelves with led candles at corporate event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

The mantle is etched with many details including an inscription in Latin which translates to: “Look back, Look Ahead – Today, Live”. The large mantle and shelving provides a great opportunity to decorate seasonally and to personalize weddings and events.

Historic mantle with etched stone at corporate event and wedding venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Historic mantle corporate party venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Hstoric event venue for catered dinner parties and weddings at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

If you liked these photos of our Great Room check out our complete VENUE GUIDE for more information about Corporate and Social Events at Willowdale Estate, or visit us during one of our PUBLIC EVENTS !

To host a holiday party, company Christmas party, corporate dinner or social event, please contact our Corporate & Social Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist for more information! Email: Noah@WillowdaleEstate.com

To inquire about weddings at Willowdale, contact the Sales Team at info@willowdaleestate.com

General Phone: 978-887-8211

Photo credits from top to bottom:

Shane Godfrey Photography (3)

Andrew Quist Photography 

Zev Fisher Photography 

Shane Godfrey Photography

Paul Robert Berman

Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate

Shane Godfrey Photography 

Date: October 2nd, 2015
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Historic Details – Wedding Suite

The Wedding Suite at Willowdale serves as a popular spot for wedding parties to get their hair and makeup done, eat lunch and acts as a place of solace before the ceremony takes place. In addition to weddings, the suite can also be used for small meetings and break-space.  It has many large windows and plenty of comfortable seating options creating a bright and inviting environment.

Wedding event suite with rustic beams and chaise lounge at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Wedding hospitality suite event venue with colorful flowers at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Formally, this suite was Bradley Palmer‘s bedroom. In Bradley’s time, the north facing window presented the perfect view of the Ipswich River, but today the forest trees have blocked that view.

Historic estate wedding suite with large windows at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The south facing window of the suite faced the horse stables, which is now home to our unique dining room.

Wedding hospitality suite with makeup station and large windows at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The on-suite bathroom is quite large and evokes warm and bold details such as the multi-colored tile, ornate wallpaper and a grand bathtub that is elevated on a small platform in the middle of the room. The on-suite has the same layout when Bradley lived at the estate, but the original bathtub has been replaced.

Wedding venue on-suite with multi-colored tile, huge bathtub and decorative wallpaper at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

If you liked these photos of our Wedding Suite check out our complete VENUE GUIDE for more information or visit us during one of our public events!

If you’re interested in learning more about weddings at Willowdale, please contact: info@willowdaleestate.com to hear from one of our Sales Managers!

If booking a corporate or social event is what you’re looking for, please contact our Corporate & Social Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: noah@willowdaleestate.com

Photo credits from top:

Shane Godfrey Photography

Erin McGinn Photography

Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate (2)

Shane Godfrey Photography

Date: July 24th, 2015
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HISTORIC DETAILS: Windows of Willowdale

At Willowdale Estate we aim to host events that are easy to plan and impossible to forget. Besides offering great food and services, the historic details in our estate are one of the reasons why our venue leaves a lasting impression on guests at our weddings and events.

 

This past week we had over 50 guests in the house for two guided historic tours. A clear highlight of the tour is discovering the decorative leadlight windows set with small stained glass roundels throughout the home.

historic diamond leadlight window with oval stained glass at willowdale estate topsfield - weddings and events - willowdaleestate.com  Historic Lead Glass Window at Willowdale Estate Topsfield - Weddings and Events - willowdaleestate.com

These beautiful windows with both diamond and square leaded glass patterns were thought to be added sometime between 1920 and 1930. Each window panel features a symbolic scene representing different ideals, interests and insights on the original homeowner Bradley Webster Palmer who was an avid equestrian and businessman.

Leadlight Window With Horse Willowdale Estate Topsfield - Weddings and Events - willowdaleestate.com  Leaded Glass Window Lady With Goblet - Willowdale Estate Topsfield - Weddings and Events - willowdaleestate.com

If you’re looking for a unique and memorable location for a wedding, shower, meeting, or fundraiser let our inspiring space inspire your guests! Our next Historic House Tour will be on September 22nd– keep an eye out for more free public events on our Willowdale Events feed: http://willowdaleestate.com/signature-events/

 

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Date: June 19th, 2015
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HISTORIC DETAILS – Dining Room

Bradley Palmer commissioned his 1901 mansion “Willow Dale” as a summer home where he could enjoy his favorite pastime as an avid equestrian. At some point in the 1920’s Bradley Palmer renovated the south wing of the house to be used for entertaining guests. He added a formal Dining Room that was in close proximity to the kitchen and pantry.
1920 tile dining room - historic Willowdale Estate - Topsfield Massachusetts - WillowdaleEstate.com photo: shanegodfreyphotography.com
He had many important visitors (including William Howard Taft and the Prince of Wales) and needed large rooms to meet and entertain in.
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The dining room provides the perfect space for weddings and events today and some of the most unique and historic features in the home are perfectly preserved.
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Today, we still welcome guests into the home for a variety of events throughout the year including weddings, corporate events, meetings, holiday parties, and showers!
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If you liked these photos of our Dining Room check out our complete venue guide for more information about Corporate and Social Events at Willowdale Estate, or visit us during one of our public events!

Photos:

Shane Godfrey – http://shanegodfreyphotography.com/

A Guy + A Girl Photography – http://aguyandagirlphotography.com/blog/

Shannon Grant Photography – http://shannongrantweddingsblog.com/

Ned Jackson Photography – http://www.nedjackson.net

Date: April 3rd, 2015
Categories: Historic Details
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