901 Ridge Avenue
Categories: Lobby-Only Access
The Flemish Renaissance mansion was the former Byers-Lyon House which was actually two houses designed as separate wings. The wings are in an “L” shape with columns surrounding a central garden. This created a unique entrance to the grounds.
The house, dated to 1898, was built by Alexander McBurney Byers and he, his wife, and family lived in one wing. His daughter Maude, husband, and their family lived in another. There are a total of 90 rooms and 14 bathrooms.
The building is said to have a ghost in it. Maude’s daughter fell through a skylight and died while her nanny was napping. The nanny was so distraught she hanged herself in the stairwell the very next day. There are rumors the child’s ghost was watching over the nanny as she hung from the stairs.
YOUR EXPERIENCE: Visitors will see first-hand carved woodwork, many stained glass windows, as well as marble fireplaces and inlaid wood floors.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Restrooms Available: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms: Yes
Photography Restrictions: None