It’s been ages since we toured a well-loved movie house. In the past when I’ve posted a movie house tour, you guys always make some great suggestions and requests for future tours. One tour that’s oft been requested is a tour of the beautiful Victorian house in the movie, Stepmom. The house in the movie is completely amazing!
The movie stars some great actors. Susan Sarandon plays mom, Jackie Harrison and Ed Harris plays the father, Luke Harrison. The Harrisons are divorced and Julia Roberts is Ed’s girlfriend, Isabel Kelly. Jackie and Luke have two children in the movie, Anna played by Jena Malone and Ben played by Liam Aiken.
Since I avoid sad movies like the plague, it’s taken me a while to get this one pulled together. I had seen enough of this movie at some point in the past to know it’s definitely a tear jerker. Understatement of the world! So guess how I got the pics for this post?
I watched it with the volume turned off. Yes, I did!
I’m thrilled to report, the house in the movie, Stepmom is REAL! It does exist and isn’t a fake house built just for the sake of the movie. I love it when they are real and I know you do, too! The home is called Glenholme and it is located at 501 N Broadway in upper Nyack, New York. It’s been used in several movies including the movie, The Bounty Hunter.
Not sure if it was done intentionally or not, but all the views of the home throughout the movie are a little surreal. It’s always covered in shadows…
…or surrounded in a mysterious, somewhat eerie mist.
It actually looks most beautiful in the movie at night.
This wonderful 1854 Victorian home is huge, over 5,200 square feet. It’s built in the style known as Second Empire. According to my book, A Field Guide to American Houses, there are at least five different designs for Second Empire and as best I could tell, this one is an “Asymmetrical” Second Empire Victorian.
One feature of this house that makes it Second Empire is the mansard roof with its dormer windows on a steeped lower slope. Note the beautiful decorative brackets surrounding the home. Just a stunning design, isn’t it?
I thought it was so interesting how the gable on the front of the house is set off to the right instead of being over the steps and the front door where we would expect it.
Here’s another view showing the entrance and front steps.
We get a closer look at the home’s beautiful windows in this scene where Jackie is watering the flower boxes. I have to tell you, this movie makes you a little crazy because you have this absolutely gorgeous home (inside and out) yet the movie is all about divorce and a mom (with young children) who is dying of cancer. Arrrrgg! Hate movies like this. Love the house, hate the movie! Okay, that’s all I’m gonna say about the stinkin’ plot, we’re just going to enjoy the house from here out. Okay? Okay!
The front door is beautiful and the entry is just large enough for a bamboo plant stand and a narrow chest. Wonder why they didn’t stick any umbrellas in the stand. Ummm…
Just inside the front door is a small hallway that sees a lot of action in the movie. It kind of serves as a mudroom for the front entrance. Look at that staircase!
I was in serious drool-mode over the staircase throughout the entire movie. The balusters are so beautiful! You’ll get a better view of those in a sec. Love the paneling/wainscoting down the side of the staircase. I’d love to add that to my staircase one day.
This would be the view if you were standing on the landing looking down. Love how the staircase handrail makes that elaborate turn at the end.
I had a little trouble figuring out the shape and lay-out of the living room. This is largest “overall” view of the room that we get.
A view of the area behind the sofa…. See the top of the chair in the bottom right-hand corner? If you could stand in front of that chair and look over it…
…this is what you would see. One thing I noticed about this home throughout the movie is, it isn’t as dark inside as so many Victorian homes tend to be. I’m sure at some point all the woodwork we see was stained and not painted. It certainly does brighten up the interior, doesn’t it?
A view of the other side of the room as the Christmas tree is being brought in…
Another view on Christmas Morning…
At one point Isabel walks over to a secretary to pick up her camera and we get this brief glimpse of a gingerbread house created to resemble the home in the movie. Can you imagine making a gingerbread house this detailed and large! Too pretty to eat! Wish we could see more of the secretary…love a great secretary!
In this scene we get just a few glimpses of the kitchen, breakfast area and the home’s wonderful back staircase. I have this thing for back staircases, love them because they are rare and so convenient to have in a home.
Another view showing the pretty hutch here in the kitchen.
The only views we get of the dining room is when the Jackie is setting the table for Thanksgiving with her daughter, Anna. Notice the pretty leaded glass in the doorway to the right and the wainscoting on the walls.
The dining room has a fireplace…love! The candles Anna is putting on the table are made to look like ears of corn.
As Ben heads up the stairs, we get another view of this beautiful staircase and the lovely balusters.
At the top of the staircase, there’s a wonderful little alcove with a sitting area. This is where Jackie does her sewing until later in the movie when she becomes weaker and the sewing machine is moved into her bedroom.
This alcove is the upstairs bay area seen in this exterior photo.
We never really get a good view of Anna’s bedroom but this scene shows her beautiful bed.
This is the best view we get of Ben’s bedroom. Both children have beautiful quilts on their beds, probably made by Jackie since she makes a special quilt for Anna later in the movie.
The master bedroom has a lovely alcove area, too.
The master bed is an antique 4-poster bed. It has a canopy but that gets pulled apart in a cute singing/dancing scene in the movie. Love all the old trunks tucked here and there in the rooms. What a wonderful home this would be to grow up in.
Another view of the master bedroom later on in the movie. That’s a small desk tucked into the corner. You can see Jackie’s sewing machine in the alcove area now.
As if the house isn’t gorgeous enough, we are treated to a view of it after a snowstorm.
But this is still my favorite view of all!
Has this made you fall completely in love with the asymmetrical Second Empire Victorian house design? It’s really made me love the mansard roof design even more!
Just before hitting “Publish” on this post, I found some pics at trulia dot com of the home when it was for sale at some point. It has a view of the Hudson River. You can see it there in the background.
Love its asymmetrical design! Wonderful home!
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Two of my faves are the house in the movie, Something’s Gotta Give
And the real Connecticut home in the movie, The Big Wedding