NEW VERNON, NJ - Community members are invited to attend 'Splendor in September', the house tour of Tyvan Hill Mansion, located at 579 Ban Beuren Road. The tour beneifts the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to the Morristown Medical Center.
Established in 1893, the Women’s Association has held many community events and projects to help benefit the medical center’s staff and patients. The Women’s Association’s biggest fundraiser is the 'Mansion in May Showhouse and Gardens', held every two or three years, where local design firms are invited to a large mansion to fix up and customize a room or landscape. Since its inception, Mansion in May has helped collect $11.5 million for the Morristown Medical Center. This year, the collected funds will all go to benefit the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at the Morristown Medical Center.
Originally this year’s 'Mansion in May' was meant to occur in May, but due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the fundraiser was moved to September, thus renaming the occasion as “Splendor in September.” Despite this setback, the Women’s Association was able to invite more than 30 design firms to view the space and choose which rooms to decorate and showcase their firm’s style.
Tyvan Hill itself is a 10,000-square foot U-shaped brick and stone mansion that dates back to 1928, designed by the prominent New York architectural firm of Peabody, Wilson & Brown for John Wesley Castles Jr. and his wife, Dorothea Bradford Smith, and built between 1928. With its curved staircase, paneling and elegant moldings, and outdoor pool and pool house, the Architectural League of New York awarded its silver medal to Peabody, Wilson & Brown for the firm's designs of a group of country residences, including Tyvan Hill, in 1931.
The open house tours of Tyvan Hill begins September 8 through October 4. Tickets are $40 online and are sold in time slots from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are advised to wear face masks, carrying hand sanitizers and keep six feet apart.
For tickets and more information about safety protocols, as well as more about Mansion in May, visit mansioninmay.org.
For more information on the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, visit wammc.org/.