Beaupre man­sion at Rosemont Presby’s In­spired Life serves as set for new film

‘The Un­der­handed Free Throw’ screen­ing at film fes­ti­vals

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Linda Stein lstein@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @lstein­re­porter on Twit­ter

RADNOR » Step into the Beaupre man­sion at Rosemont Presby’s In­spired Life and it feels like you’ve stepped back in time to the Gilded Age where the Great Gatsby might ap­pear at the tip of a hat.

The Beaupre man­sion, once owned by the Cas­satt fam­ily and part of a res­i­dence com­mu­nity for se­niors, took a star turn re­cently when in­de­pen­dent film­maker Cyn­thia Wilker shot her 20-minute film “The Un­der­handed Free Throw” there.

Wilker, who wrote and di­rected the film, said that she and her crew were “very lucky” to be able to use the man­sion as a set­ting be­cause their ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and a cast mem­ber knew Judee Bavaria, pres­i­dent and CEO of Presby’s In­spired Life.

“We’re re­ally grate­ful,” said Wilker. “It wasn’t easy find­ing a place. It was beau­ti­ful and it was per­fect.”

In the film the large, el­e­gant and or­nate green room is fea­tured and the red room, which serves as a room for large gath­er­ings, as well. The Beaupre man­sion also in­cludes a sun­room, now a pleas­ant art stu­dio for the res­i­dents, a li­brary, a din­ing room with a large, or­nate ta­ble and chairs and an im­pres­sive mar­ble foyer. Many of the rooms sport unique, carved mar­ble fire­places. The up­stairs has been ren­o­vated into com­fort­able apart­ments that look out onto the beau­ti­fully man­i­cured grounds. There is also a stone pa­tio with com­fort­able rock­ing chairs where res­i­dents can en­joy out­door din­ing or en­joy the vista, said Kai Saloma, move-in co­or­di­na­tor.

Built in 1902, the man­sion was a gift to Robert Kelso Cas­satt from his fa­ther, Alexan­der Cas­satt, a rail­road ex­ec­u­tive and brother of artist Mary Cas­satt. Later own­ers of the French-style chateau, the Robin­son fam­ily, co-founders of Acme Mar­kets, gifted the man­sion to the Pres­by­te­rian Church, said Melissa Fordyce, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Presby’s In­spired Life. The now non­de­nom­i­na­tional re­tire­ment hous­ing provider has sev­eral lo­ca­tions in the Philadel­phia area.

Wilker, 61, started a sec­ond ca­reer as an ac­tor and film­maker af­ter a 20-year ca­reer as a ther­a­pist. An Am­bler res­i­dent, she is mar­ried to Wil­liam Ramirez and the mother of three grown chil­dren and


En­trance to the Beaupre Man­sion in Radnor, which will serve as the back­drop for a movie.

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