17-room mansion built for heir to a soap fortune is on the market
A grand mansion, on one of the best blocks in the town of Hudson in Columbia County, was built in 1906 as a hunting lodge for Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Jones – he was a soap heir, and she was a famous suffragist who was known as the “Belle of Honolulu”.
The 7,738-square-foot, seven-bedroom home at 317 Allen Street was designed by architect Marcus Reynolds, who is best known for designing the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company building in Albany.
Called Tiger House, the 17-room house remained a private residence until 1980, when it became a high-end retirement home.
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In 2005, longtime partners Dini Lamot and Windle Davis, former members of the 1980s new wave group Human Sexual Response, renovated the mansion and turned it into a bed and breakfast, the Inn at Hudson.
More recently, until about a year ago, it was the Tiger House Inn, with five large bedrooms with sleek white bathrooms.
Tiger House is now on sale for $ 1.95 million with Andrew Gates of Houlihan Lawrence.
âI’ve been selling real estate for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything that has this kind of grandeur,â says Gates. âI think this is the largest house in Hudson,â a town known for its old stately homes in a wide range of architectural styles.
Particularly impressive is the double-height entrance lounge, which features a skylight, grand staircase, second-floor balcony, and beautiful woodwork and parquet floors.
âIt could actually serve as a ballroom,â Gates says.
The adjoining formal dining room is another knockout. It features graceful curved walls, ornate paneling, a rich array of built-in features, deep and wide crown moldings, inlaid floors, richly carved images of birds, and a wood-burning fireplace. Leaded glass patio doors open onto the gardens.
The library is another beautifully preserved sea of ââwood, also with a large wood-burning fireplace. Four doors and a single step lead to a cozy and bright glass veranda.
The house is packed with interesting architectural and design details, including a Dutch Jacobean brick and stone facade, pocket doors, a total of four wood-burning fireplaces, 11-foot ceilings, Tiffany stained glass and Mercer tiles from the famous studio of Bucks County. by Henry Chapman Mercer.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a fireplace, other stained glass windows, a large walk-in closet and a bay window that overlook Allen Street.
âThis 300 block from Allen is Hudson’s most prestigious, with the tallest homes in town,â Gates said.
A second floor terrace overlooks the Second Empire Victorian enclave on Willard Street.
Tiger House also has a full basement, a convertible attic, and gardens to the front and back with mature plantings and “significant statuary,” says Gates.
The house is quite private, he says, “A 0.4 acre lot is very big for the town of Hudson.”
âThis house could not be built today,â he adds. “It would be eight digits to reproduce it and even then I’m not sure you can do it.” It is a real relic.
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Address: 317 Allen St., Hudson, NY
Price: $ 1.95 million
School District: Hudson
Contact: Andrew Gates, Houlihan Lawrence, 845-677-6161 Ext. 324
Bill Cary is a freelance writer from the Hudson Valley. Contact him at [email protected]