Shining Brightly Again: Bethany’s Mansion at Noble Lane
Still, even with 17 years of experience in hospitality ventures in various states, the Noble Lane restoration project was daunting. The exterior of the mansion had been extensively damaged during the production of a film shot onsite in the mid-’80s. Subsequently, the property housed a drug and rehabilitation facility, and then was left vacant for more than a decade. But, as Greenwood said, “It still had great bones.” The original character endured, although the restoration and interior design and decoration efforts cost more than $1.5 million.
Local contractor Dakan Enterprises was hired to complete construction. Ibo Interiors, a Brooklyn-based company, helped Greenwood create an aesthetic presentation to honor the historic details of the original mansion, while imbuing it with a functionality that is in keeping with the sensibilities of today. The end result is that modern amenities don’t seem at all discordant in cohabitating with elaborate early 20th-century fireplace mantles, intricate moldings and period architectural details like coved ceilings, webbed windows and oval rooms.
“We didn’t renovate,” said Greenwood, “we restored. There are few mansions like this in the country, and I want to preserve such grandeur.” In recognition of her efforts, The Wayne County Historical Society recently announced the Mansion at Noble Lane will be a recipient of its Historic Preservation Award for 2012.
The Mansion at Noble Lane is located on 22 lush acres in picturesque Bethany, PA, and includes: