From Mansion To Music Conservatory: Sometime In the mid 1800s Reverend Nathaniel E. Thayer’s wealthy sons constructed a palatial Victorian mansion on family property in Lancaster, Massachusetts. It supposedly had largest formal hall and staircase in all of New England. Around 1902, architect Ogden Codman (designer of the famed "Breakers" in Newport) redesigned the house in the Georgian Revival style. I posed the redhead in front of the place last year. In 1942, the now-defunct Atlantic Union college bought the building and it served in various capacities until 1972 when it essentially became a music school. In 2018 after Atlantic Union closed, the Youth Ensemble of New England, a non-profit organization, began leasing the Thayer Mansion and running the school of music. Today, I stopped by the mansion and took some aerial photos. Back on the ground last year, the west end of the building looked like this (below): Trees blocked an aerial view of the west side but I did take one more from the front. The back of the manse will be the subject of a later post. I ran out of time today.