This year marks 70 years since Mr. Paul R. Johnston purchased Hillbrook. This is an important anniversary for the club since Mr. Johnston converted the mansion from a single-family home into a club. Mr. Johnston purchased the mansion in 1946 from the Burkes, and lived in it with his family before deciding to convert it to a club in 1952. We are very glad Mr. Johnston made the decision he did, as The Club at Hillbrook is now home to many members, memories and history.
Prior to the Johnston ownership, Hillbrook was owned by Edmund S. Burke, Jr,. Mr. Burke, along with his wife Josephine Brainard Chisholm and four children, lived in the 40-room mansion since 1919. The architectural inspirations of the Burke home comes from an elegant Tudor mansion that Mr. Burke had visited in Ashford, Kent, England. Mr. Burke fell in love with the English Tudor that was originally built in 1472, and had a portion of it brought across the Atlantic. That structure is what is The Club at Hillbrook today.
Thank you Mr. Johnston for purchasing the club 70 years ago and allowing Hillbrook to grow, flourish and be home to many memories while still preserving its history dating all the way back to 1472. To view more pictures and read more details about Hillbrook’s history, the transit from London and the architecture, please visit our about page on the site.
All the images in this post are from Hillbrook in the 1930s. The general structure and architecture hasn't changed. You'll see that many rooms including the foyer, living room, library, staircase and bedrooms look very similar to how they stand today. Click each image to enlarge.
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