Bartow Pell Mansion
CENTENNIAL GALA DESIGN
"THE MOONLIGHT BALL"
Bartow-Pell held it's "Moonlight Ball" Centennial Gala celebration on May 10, 2014 and Jennifer Mehditash took lead on the interior design of the event by invite of board member, Lynn Byrne.
Hosting nearly 370 people, the gardens were filled with music and good cheer, as all of the Bronx and Westchester elite joined in the commemoration.
Stuart P. and Sue K. Feld of Hirschl & Adler Galleries are honorary co-chairs of the event, honored Frank Emile Sanchis III, a leader in historic preservation, and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., in special recognition of the 100th anniversary of Bronx County.
In May 1914, an impressive group of individuals passionate about horticulture founded the International Garden Club. In search of a headquarters, they alighted on a rundown property in the Bronx then known as “the old Bartow Mansion.” Undaunted by its condition, this civicminded group entered into a long-term lease with New York City in exchange for a promise to restore the mansion and manage the site. Thanks to these pioneers of historic preservation, the
mansion was saved from the demise eventually inflicted on more than a dozen other grand country estates located along Long Island Sound’s Pelham Bay. In 2014, the Bartow-Pell Conservancy celebrates those farsighted founders and the legacy they preserved for future generations with a variety of special programs and events, including The Moonlight Ball.
A celebration of the century, Bartow Pell Mansion lit up this New York City Landmark
dinner—and dancing to Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra—in a heated tent
overlooking the newly restored Delano & Aldrich formal sunken garden.
About Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
A National Historic Landmark located in New York City’s largest park, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, an 1840s Greek Revival mansion, is the last of the country estates in the Pelham Bay area.
BPMM is located at 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York. The mansion and carriage house are open to the public for guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open daily from
8:30 a.m. to dusk. For more information about Bartow-Pell, visit www.bpmm.org.
Photography: Jennifer Mehditash
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