Uptown charms

Over the weekend we took a trip farther uptown to the Bronx to explore the Bartow-Pell Mansion. As we viewed the romantic charms of the old aristocratic home, we discussed the lost details that modern homes don’t offer. Many of those details can be found in the historical homes along Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill. Coincidentally, last week’s NY Times ran an article titled “Charmed Obsolence” that brought home examples of these lost charms such as weirdly shaped alcoves, decommissioned dumbwaiters, Juliet balconies, claw-foot bathtubs, minuscule shelves carved into staircases, transoms atop doors, brass keyholes and vintage radiators. The list includes even more unlikely details, among them servants’ buttons, speaking tubes, original metal thermostats and shaving closets. You can read the article:  NY Times

Check out First Fridays at the Bartow-Pell Mansion. The Bronx Seaside Trolley picks up visitors from the 6 train station. The program affords self-guided tours of the mansion, a stroll in the garden, live music, and light refreshments (we had wine with cheese and crackers). 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Donation is $8.00.  Great for families or couples.