For less than $1.5 million, a Gilded Age mansion that drew poets and world leaders

Buying Luxury
Located in Northbridge, the 20,000-square-foot Whitin Lasell Manor has 43 rooms. via MLS

It was the home of a Blackstone Valley industrialist, the childhood home of a silent film actress, and the venue for weddings reportedly attended by the likes of President Taft and the poet E.E. Cummings, writer Karen Stokke has noted for Preservation Massachusetts.

Now this 43-room Northbridge mansion has hit the market for $1,495,000.

Located in the town’s Whitinsville section, 120 Hill St., also known as Whitin Lasell Manor, was once the home of Chester Whitin Lasell, former president of Whitin Machine Works, according to Preservation Massachusetts.

“The manor itself is just one part of the family legacy; the “Whitin” family name should be familiar to most residents from the Blackstone River Valley, not just the namesake” for the village, the listing agent, Norman D. Hodson of Keller Williams Realty, said in an e-mail.

The property is being sold in three pieces: the main manor house on 4.5 acres, 18 adjacent acres of land, and a cottage and former “dorms” at 41 Pine St, according to Hodson. The property once served as a retreat and conference center, according to the listing. “Owner and local philanthropist James M. Knott Sr. had envisioned the restored property’s potential as a destination venue for local events and privately catered affairs, which could also include overnight accommodations.”

Built in 1890, the 20,000-square-foot estate offers across three floors of living space, with supplemental basement storage and utility rooms. With 23 bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, four half bathrooms, and a reception area, there is plenty of space to entertain  guests. The home also boasts music, billiards, and dining rooms, as well as a solarium. The home is noted for its 15 fireplaces with decorative mantels, stained-glass windows, pocket doors, and stunning woodwork.

The first floor has been careful restored, according to the listing, but the bedrooms and baths have not.

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