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Margot Gayle Fundraiser: Exclusive Tour of Bailey (of Barnum and Bailey)’s Private Mansion

April 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-person Margot Gayle Benefit Tour


This special tour will focus on the Bailey mansion’s ongoing restoration and will be led by the current owners, followed by a toast.

Completed in 1888 for the celebrated circus director James A. Bailey of Barnum & Bailey Circus, the striking limestone Bailey mansion was built to impress. Evoking a castle, the home’s numerous arches and gables are anchored by a three-story turret. The interiors were designed by Joseph Burr Tiffany, a cousin of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and contain ornate woodwork and excellent examples of domestic stained glass.

After numerous owners, a fire, and years of disrepair, the Bailey mansion in Harlem has survived and stands as one of the most spectacular single-family residences in New York City. Current owners Martin and Jenny Spollen have been restoring this twenty-nine-room mansion since they purchased it in 2009 and will share their progress with us.

Space is limited so please register early!

Exact Harlem location will be revealed after registration.


The Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage was established in 2003 to honor Margot Gayle (1908-2008), an eminent preservationist who was one of the founders of the Victorian Society in America. The Victorian Society New York (officially known as the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America) regularly awards monetary grants from this fund to projects related to the preservation, conservation, and/or interpretation of material culture in the New York metropolitan area from c. 1837 to 1919. Projects may focus on any aspect of material culture from this period, including but not limited to, architecture, landscape design, fine and decorative arts or other aspects of visual culture, technology, and industry.

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April 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm