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The House Where Actress-Director Greta Gerwig Shot Her ‘Little Women’ Remake Is Up For Grabs–Here’s an Inside Look at The Historic Property

Everyone seems to be excited about actress-turned-director Greta Gerwig’s second feature film after the success of her directorial debut ‘Ladybird’. Her latest foray into filmmaking seeks to interest both fans of the book and the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’.

But ahead of the film’s December 2019 premiere, architecture and history enthusiasts are treated to the exciting news that the gorgeous Georgian Revival mansion featured in the movie is now up for sale for a reported $3.25 million.

The Thayer Estate

A look at the home’s grand foyer featuring a stunning sweeping staircase

Dubbed as the Thayer estate, the property was named after Nathaniel Thayer, a Massachusetts businessman, who began developing the present-day estate in 1846. Thayer built his estate on the same site where his minister father, also called by the same name, put up his parsonage when he arrived in the town in the 1700s.

The main house spans a whopping 21,802 square feet and boasts of having 47 bedrooms spread in its three stories. Although first built in the mid-1800s the home reportedly got remodeled in the early 20th-century by Guy Lowell, a famed architect. The home was reportedly enlarged to have 42 rooms during this time.

The Thayer estate definitely reflects the opulence of the man who built it. According to the property’s listing, the mansion has a total of 13 grand fireplaces each depicting a scene from Greek mythology and plenty of seemingly Greek-inspired columns to match. And as can be seen from current photos of the place, its details have been successfully preserved by its previous owners pretty well.

Interesting Background

The sunroom at the Thayer estate

Its ownership eventually transferred to Bayard Thayer, a horticulturist and son of Nathaniel Thayer. It was also later on owned by various institutions from Catholic churches to the Greek Orthodox church and even became a school for blind students.

However, the first instance of the Thayer estate being sold out of the family was in the early 1940s when it was bought by the Atlantic Union College for a mere $12,500. The college used the mansion as an administration building and as a dormitory as years passed.

But its latest owners, before its recent placement in the market, were the operators of the  Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center. Well-known author, doctor and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra was actually a medical director at the center. It has also attracted a celebrity clientele including big names like Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson during its operation.

The home’s interiors are richly decorated with both wood and marble

Sitting on about 60 acres of land, the estate has also a separate carriage house which can be bought for another $500,000. The residence was reportedly used as a shooting location for Gerwig’s period film as well.

The film features an all-star cast, including award-winning actress Meryl Streep, ‘Big Little Lies’ star Laura Dern and Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan, who has previously collaborated with Gerwig on her first feature film.

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