Synopsis by Mark Deming
In 1912, Harriet Pullman Carolan, whose family had earned a fortune from the Pullman Sleeping Cars used by railroads around the world, commissioned the construction of a mansion in Hillsborough, CA that would be regarded as a landmark in architectural excellence and opulence. Completed in 1915 and costing over 3,000,000 dollars, the Carolands Chateau became the largest private residence in America, and was regarded as one of the finest and most beautiful homes ever built in the country. However, when Carolan divorced her husband in 1917, she moved out of the estate, and while she returned in 1927 with a new husband, they became disenchanted with the Chateau, and in 1950 it was sold to Countess Lillian Remillard Dandini, who wanted to see it protected from local developers who were more eager to build on its 25 acres than maintain the historic home. After the death of the Countess in 1973, the Chateau fell into disrepair as its ownership was contested; however, in 1998 a restoration project was begun to restore the home to its former glory. Three Women and a Chateau is a documentary which recounts the remarkable history of a remarkable mansion; it was screened as part of the 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival.
architecture, estate, landmark, mansion, masterpiece, restoration