Nyack’s most famous house on North Broadway was once home to the First Lady of American Theatre. On Sunday May 5 you can take a rare tour of Helen Hayes’ storied house on the Hudson, Pretty Penny, to benefit Nyack’s Edward Hopper House Art Center.
Join Elle Decor Magazine publisher Barbara Hertz Friedmann and WQXR/WNYC host and producer Elliott Forrest for a tour of Pretty Penny on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 2-5p. For a contribution of $100 to the Edward Hopper House Art Center, you can tour the 157 year old historic house and gardens and enjoy sparkling wine and light fare. The afternoon will include talks on the house and its furnishings, the gardens over looking the Hudson River and the Edward Hopper commissioned painting.
— blog post by Graham Arder, the current owner of Pretty Penny
This tour represents is a unique opportunity to visit the restored home and gardens of actress Helen Hayes and her playwright husband, Charles MacArthur. In 1939, American realist painter Edward Hopper was commissioned by Hayes and MacArthur to paint a portrait of Pretty Penny. Helen Hayes lived there for 60 years; in the late 1990’s, actress and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell, lived there for about three years.
Pretty Penny is located at 235 North Broadway, Nyack, NY. For information about tickets for the tour, visit EdwardHopperHouse.com.
- Graham Arader: A great story about my house in Nyack – Pretty Penny, GrahamArader.blogspot.com 1/15/2013
- Nyack Sketch Log: Helen Hayes MacArthur
- Nyack Sketch Log: Hopper House