THE BRONX - In this week's Bronx Hot Spots, News 12 is showing off one spot in the borough where you don't need to be rolling in dough to live large, even if for a little while.
The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a 10,000-square foot New York City landmark located in the northern section of Pelham Bay Park.
Executive Director Ellen Bruzelius calls the mansion one of the borough's best-kept secrets, and that it's one of only almost two dozen grand country estates still in existance.
Built in the late-1830s, the mansion belonged to Robert and Maria Bartow. The couple called the dwelling home for almost 50 years, before the city took ownership of the nearly 27-acre property.
Decades later, the city gave the International Garden Club, now called the Bartow-Pell Conservancy, the OK to spruce the estate up a bit.
From a 19th century crib to a 21st century showroom, visitors came to truly gain a sense of what life was like back when the mansion was used as a residence.
The Bartow-Pell Conservancy founded the mansion's garden in 1914, and is celebrating its centennial by bringing it back to its original design.
Bruzelius says she hopes visitors get a better understanding of horticulture, history, preservation and education after their trip.
Admission to the Bartow-Pell Mansion and garden will be free during Bronx Week, but standard fares will apply afterward.