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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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
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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.
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.
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.
Our custom wooden bar matches the wood elements throughout the house and resides in the Great Room during the tent season.
Large scale built in shelving and a decorative fireplace is structured directly across the room from the orchestra balcony.
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.
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 email@example.com
General Phone: 978-887-8211
Photo credits from top to bottom:
Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate
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.
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.
The south facing window of the suite faced the horse stables, which is now home to our unique dining room.
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.
If you’re interested in learning more about weddings at Willowdale, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
Photo credits from top:
Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate (2)
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.
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.
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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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.
He had many important visitors (including William Howard Taft and the Prince of Wales) and needed large rooms to meet and entertain in.
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.
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!
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!
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