Have you seen the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara movie Carol? Then you might recognize the Barrett Estate in Hyde Park, a charming neighborhood on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio.
This was Carol’s grand old house in the movie, and now the real thing is for sale.
The mansion was built in the early 1900s and is kind of a time capsule, not having been updated much over the years. The movie takes place in the 1950s, so it created a perfect backdrop for the story. Take a look!
The Barrett Estate from the Movie “Carol”
Here’s how Carol’s house looked onscreen, with a couple of cool vintage cars in the drive (below):
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The movie was based on a 1952 novel called The Price of Salt:
It was written by Patricia Highsmith under the pseudonym Claire Morgan.
According to Cincinnati Refined:
The Barrett Estate is a 9,400-square-foot Hyde Park mansion built in 1905 in the Gothic Revival style by Elzner & Anderson, a Cincinnati-based architecture firm. It was constructed for Mary Hanna, the daughter of financier Henry Hanna.
She had ties to some pretty prominent Queen City players. Her mother, Mary Jane Ellison Hanna, was related to the mother of Anna Sinton Taft, who was the sister-in-law of President William Howard Taft. In 1957, Charles and Mary Barrett bought the estate, raising their six children there.
Here’s a shot of Kyle Chandler, playing Carol’s husband Harge, in the entry hall:
The first order of business for the new owners should be to restore the hardwood floors that are probably hiding under the carpet…
This room off the entry hall has the original wood trim and a gorgeous green Rookwood fireplace:
Here’s a screenshot I got of Cate Blanchett in front of those same windows:
I mean, seriously…that fireplace.
I was excited to learn the movie was filmed in Cincinnati because it’s my hometown. I spent my early years in Clifton, surrounded by grand old houses that never failed to spark my imagination.
The filming locations for Carol, according to IMDb:
The city of Cincinnati, Ohio, and surrounding areas doubled for 1950s New York City and New Jersey. Shot in the Spring of 2014, filming locations included Downtown Cincinnati, Eden Park, Hyde Park, Over-the-Rhine; and cities of Cheviot, Hamilton, Lebanon, and Wyoming. Additional filming locations included northern Kentucky: town of Alexandria.
The butler’s pantry is pretty fabulous in all its retro glory:
We saw a corner of it the scene below with Therese (Rooney Mara):
The kitchen has bright blue cabinets and a yellow ceiling:
They made it work for the movie with minimal changes:
The movie was shot on Super 16 millimeter film to give it the look of photographic film from the 1950s.
So many of the scenes were shot in tight closeups that it sometimes took me a minute to figure out which room they were in.
For the scene below, I recognized the wallpaper from the room above:
The house has 6 bedrooms + 5.5 baths.
The filmmakers took a corner of the room below, beside the Rookwood-tiled fireplace…
…and used it for this scene with Carol and her daughter Rindy:
The Production Designer for Carol was Judy Becker.
I’m smitten with the cozy built-in seating area on the landing:
“Carol” is streaming on Netflix right now if you want to see it.
It was nominated for 6 Oscars. It’s kind of slow and moody but pretty to look at. I loved the sets and vintage 1950s clothes.
Here’s a shot from the movie taken from this room, looking into the one with the green fireplace (below):
The house was built entirely of Indiana limestone.
This terrace probably has as much square footage as my entire house…
The old swan bench in the backyard is a gem, for sure:
The house sits on about 2.5 acres.
There’s a view of the Cincinnati skyline in the distance:
According to an article about the novel in The Telegraph:
The novel The Price of Salt was inspired by a blonde woman in a mink coat who ordered a doll from Patricia Highsmith when she was working as a temporary salesgirl in the toy section of Bloomingdale’s in New York City during the 1948 Christmas season. Highsmith recalled feeling “odd and swimmy in the head, near to fainting, yet at the same time uplifted, as if I had seen a vision.”
I was excited to spot the Playsteel doll house in this scene.
I bought one just like it from an antique store a few years ago.
Here’s an original ad for the doll house that I found when I was researching mine:
How fun is that? You can see mine and read about it here.
They’re asking $2.49 million for the Barrett property.
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