Saturday, June 15, 2013

'Round Hill' ~ The Residence of Col. Ed Green

'Round Hill' was for over twenty years the home of Colonel Edward "Ned" Green; son of the notorious Hetty Green, who was nicknamed "The Witch of Wall Street" as a result of her shrewd business investments. When Hetty died in 1916, she left an estate estimated to be between $100-$200 million, making her the wealthiest woman in the world at the time. Ned and his sister each inherited approximately $75 million. 

Ned Green as seen celebrating his 65th birthday. Circa 1933.
Courtesy of Robert Bruce.
Following his mother's death, he decided to construct a large and comfortable mansion; capable of showing his immense wealth. He hired architect Alfred C. Bossom to carryout his dream; which finally came to life in 1921, at a cost of $1.5 million, measly compared to the Green fortune. 

Located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the mansion was the scene of the numerous science experiments and tests Ned ~ affectionately known to the locals as "Uncle Ned" ~ carried out.; devoting his estate to the progress of science and the welfare of his fellow men. 

Uncle Ned in his buggy at 'Round Hill', listening to the radio.
Courtesy of Robert Bruce.
Uncle Ned died in 1936, at the age of 68. He left an estate of around $44 million; much smaller than what he had inherited from his mother. The estate passed to his sister and heir. Twelve years later, she donated the entire 240 acre estate to MIT, who used the estate for education and military purposes ~ eventually erecting a large antenna on the property.

The estate was sold by MIT in 1964 to the Society of Jesus of New England. It passed through numerous hands, eventually ending up in the hands of a local woman, Gratia R. Montgomery, who sold the estate to it's current owners, who have turned the main house into condominiums. In 2007, it was announced that they would be demolishing the giant antenna. Later that year, the antenna came down. 

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