Excerpts from Kristy:
museum has a few qualities that set it apart from other historic
homes that we've visited. First the museum was used as a movie
set. Scenes from “Stepford Wives” were filmed
in various rooms of the mansion. We were thrilled to discover
this, and ate up the stories the guides had of the filming
as it occurred only a year or so before we arrived.
The house itself has had a hard history. Originally built
by Mr. Lockwood, it was a grand example of a European style
home, fashioned by many skilled immigrant craftsman. Mr. Lockwood
fell on hard times and the mortgage was sold to Mr. Mathews.
The house is huge and must be a beast to heat. In the 1950s,
the house was given to the city.
It would break a preservationist's heart to hear the tales
of abuse the building suffered while used as municipal building.
During that time, many things were broken or stolen from the
house. The interesting and beautiful part of the story was
that in 1971 the house was designated a Historic Landmark
and the arduous process of restoring the home to its former
beauty is still underway.
The house is a patchwork of beautifully restored rooms and
those awaiting restoration. For anyone interested in restoration,
this is a good opportunity to see a “house in progress.”