Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) welcomes Town of Pelham Historian Blake Bell to present “Bartow Neighbors: The Mansions and Estates of Pelham Bay

bpmm eventIn the 19th century, Pelham Bay was an idyllic rural area that attracted financiers, artists, wealthy merchants, and others who sought an escape from the growing metropolis nearby. Historian Blake Bell gives an entertaining presentation on the country estates and mansions that these neighbors of the Bartows built or enhanced, detailing stories of their rise and demise using rare images and maps. The March Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room.

WHEN:  Thursday, March 26th at 7:30 pm

WHY:  The March Lecture Series: Locally Grown: Mansions, Movies, and Mausoleums is a perfect example of how Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum strives to provide the public with diverse programs on our history and surroundings.

WHERE: Thursday’s talk will take place at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum located at895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY.

HOW:  Registration requested at 718-885-1461 or via email Cost $10 adults; $8 seniors and students; members free. Press tickets are available for the talk. If interested in attending, please call Amy Cole at (917) 903-1964 or email


A New York City Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) is owned by the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.  It is operated by the private, non-profit Bartow-Pell Conservancy. The Bartow-Pell Conservancy, originally known as the International Garden Club, was formed in 1914 by a group passionate about horticulture. That year, New York City gave them permission to use the Bartow family mansion on Pelham Bay in the Bronx, as their headquarters in exchange for restoring it, creating public gardens and programs, and preserving it for generations to come. The International Garden Club officially changed its name to the Bartow-Pell Conservancy in 2008 as well its membership model to that of a typical cultural organization. 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

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