Working in an historic property, be it a tiny Colonial home or gilded mansion, is a rare privilege and unique experience because so few such buildings exist. It’s nearly impossible to walk the rooms and not wonder about the people who lived there and appreciate how different their lives were, and how resourceful and clever they had to be to survive, or how ‘large’ and indulgently they lived.
Here at Aldrich Mansion & Estate, it’s definitely the latter. Once the beloved home of Senator and Mrs. Nelson W. Aldrich and their large brood, this ginormous building of 56,000 sq. ft, five floors and at least 96 rooms, is an impressive reflection of the Senator’s ambition, love of refinement and need for privacy. Mrs. Aldrich, however, preferred the farmhouse they lived in on the property while the mansion was built. Their eight surviving children loved the house and grounds where they could play board games, read, sail, swim, and run around on 260 acres.
This blog will swing like a Grandfather clock’s pendulum between the times when the Aldriches, and later Our Lady of Providence Seminary resided here, to what it is like today working in an architectural masterpiece designed, built and crafted by the best architects and artisans of the Gilded Age.
Today, the staff at Aldrich Mansion & Estate keep the spirit of the Aldrich’s love of the good life and entertaining going strong, as one of New England’s premier upscale wedding, business meeting and social event venues.
We look forward to sharing our experiences and the property’s esteemed history with you, because any day one gets to work in a gilded mansion by the sea is a good day!