Shadow Lawn (New Jersey)

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Shadow Lawn
Woodrow Wilson Hall, West Long Branch, NJ - south view.jpg
Woodrow Wilson Hall
Shadow Lawn (New Jersey) is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Shadow Lawn (New Jersey)
Shadow Lawn (New Jersey) is located in New Jersey
Shadow Lawn (New Jersey)
Shadow Lawn (New Jersey) is located in the United States
Shadow Lawn (New Jersey)
LocationCedar and Norwood Avenues, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Coordinates40°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 byThompson–Starrett Co.[1]
ArchitectHorace Trumbauer, Julian Abele[2]
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other
NRHP reference #78001780
NJRHP #2084[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 28, 1978[4]
Designated NHLFebruary 4, 1985[5]
Designated NJRHPAugust 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. Parson, president of the F.W. Woolworth Company. Parson 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.[6]

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][7]

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


  1. ^ "Early History of West Long Branch: Shadow Lawn". The West Long Branch Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2015-05-10.
  2. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 2, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "Shadow Lawn". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
  6. ^ a b "History of Wilson Hall". Monmouth University.
  7. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "Annie", The New York Times, p. SM 40, May 2, 1982.

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