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MacArthur Residence - Nyack, New York

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 28, 2018 at 3:05 PM

This just in from Honu:

I thought you’d enjoy seeing this link. The house in which James MacArthur grew up, "Pretty Penny," is now back on the market. It has 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 6000 square feet. There are 48 photos to scroll through on this site and in a couple of them, you can see the cherub wall with the family names “Helen,” “Charlie,” “Mary” and “Jamie” inscribed on the wall. Enjoy!,-73.886276,41.065762,-73.946186_rect/13_zm/?


Here's another treasure I found yesterday - an interview with Helen Hayes in her home, showing off her family photos! She reminds me of my own grandmother, but then she was the same vintage.

Editor's Note:  I think I once read that the MacArthurs named their home "Pretty Penny," because it cost them a pretty penny to buy. Can anyone confirm this? Near the end of the listing photographs is a painting of the original house. It is easy to see that quite a bit has been added through the years.

Read more about the history of the house in Questions & Answers / James G. MacArthur Award / MacArthur Residence.

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Reply Honu59
1:11 PM on May 1, 2018 
You're correct, and I believe that I also read that explanation in Helen Hayes' biography "On Reflection." Here is the story from the current listing on another site:

"The name Pretty Penny was born shortly after Helen Hayes, and her husband Charles MacArthur, a very successful play and film writer, and their young daughter Mary, moved into the house in 1932. A close friend visited them shortly thereafter and when they heard what they paid for the property, said it was a "pretty penny." This name has stuck ever since."
Reply Kanela
9:44 AM on April 29, 2018 
Beautiful pictures of Helen Hays home.