Bronx Hot Spots: Bartow-Pell Mansion

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

The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a city landmark located

The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a city landmark located in the northern section of Pelham Bay Park. (Credit: News 12 The Bronx)

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.

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