Shadow Lawn (New Jersey)

Shadow Lawn

Woodrow Wilson Hall
Location Cedar and Norwood Avenues, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°16′46″N 74°0′19″W / 40.27944°N 74.00528°W / 40.27944; -74.00528Coordinates: 40°16′46″N 74°0′19″W / 40.27944°N 74.00528°W / 40.27944; -74.00528
Built 1927
Built by Thompson–Starrett Co.[1]
Architect Horace Trumbauer, Julian Abele[2]
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other
NRHP Reference # 78001780
NJRHP # 2084[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 28, 1978[4]
Designated NHL February 4, 1985[5]
Designated NJRHP August 19, 1977

Shadow Lawn is a historic building in West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States.


It was built in 1927 for Hubert T. Parsons, president of the F.W. Woolworth Company. Parsons was financially ruined by the Great Depression and the house was sold in 1939 for $100. Now called Woodrow Wilson Hall, it became part of Monmouth University in 1956.

The building stands on the site of Joseph Benedict Greenhut's earlier estate of the same name, which was destroyed by a fire. That building was the summer White House for President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

Shadow Lawn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985.[2][5]

In 1982 the 130-room, 19-bath building was used to portray Oliver Warbucks' (Albert Finney) mansion in the film Annie.[6]

In 2004, the college was attempting to raise funds to restore the building.[5]


  1. "Early History of West Long Branch: Shadow Lawn". The West Long Branch Historical Society.
  2. 1 2 "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying photos (32 KB)
  3. "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Monmouth County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. January 10, 2010. p. 12. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  4. National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. 1 2 3 "Shadow Lawn". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
  6. Turan, Kenneth. "Annie", The New York Times, p. SM 40, May 2, 1982.
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