The Reynolds Mansion, now a luxury bed and breakfast in Bellefonte, was placed on the National Historic Register in 1977. It was built in 1885 by Major William Frederick Reynolds, a wealthy businessman, landowner, and banker. The home, designed by renowned archietect C.S.Wetzel, is of the late Victorian period featuring an eclectic blend of Gothic, Italianate, and Queen Anne styles. The stone for the exterior was quarried by the Hummelstown Brownstone Company in Hummelstown, PA. Due to its purple or blue cast, it is referred to as blue brownstone. The Carriage House, situated at the back of the property, was built in 1893, and the semi-circular addition was built in 1901. This building was also once used as a chapel.
The Andriaccios believe that while choosing to stay in the Bellefonte/State College area, the Reynolds Mansion truly stands out in a town full of outstanding properties. On first sight, the majestic appearance of the Mansion inspires guests to explore the inside. Entering through the lavish marble foyer complete with infinity mirrors and an original gas lamp, guests discover the period-specific grand common areas including the living room, billiard room, dining room, and Snuggery (a room where gentlemen retired to enjoy brandy and cigars). Interior details of the Mansion include classic mirrors, handcrafted woodwork, stained glass windows, detailed molding, and inlaid parquet floors of which no two are the same. The woodwork of the Mansion is a very interesting part of the construction. The paneled ceiling in the main hall is a rich walnut, as well as the staircase which is hand carved and adorned with a brass lamp on the newel post. The dining room, however, features chestnut wood, which is warm, inviting, and light. Perhaps most interesting is the use of pressed plaster, stained to look like wood, used in the billiard room as molding. Another unique feature is the functioning enunciator located in the kitchen. This original fixture was used to alert servants where their help was needed. The mansion boasts 13 fireplaces, adorned with original ornate tiles that were hand crafted by the International Tile Co., Brooklyn, NY.
Selected as "Innkeepers of the Year 2012"
by the PA Tourism & Lodging Association
Tricia has 15 years in public education as a high school choral director and at least that many teaching private piano lessons. She has played the piano for more than twenty high school musical productions as well as several professional theater companies. As the new innkeeper at the Reynolds Mansion, you may hear her play classical music in the afternoons. Tricia also plans to host music recitals for Penn State students.
Mike is a retired police officer. Having spent his 22 year career in both New York City and Nassau County on Long Island, he is ready for the laid-back atmosphere of Central Pennsylvania. After he retired, he started a handyman/construction business that was more successful than he anticipated and kept him working more than when he was as a police officer. Mike has always been a great cook and enjoys the challenge of cooking for twelve hungry football fans in his role of new innkeeper.
Mike and Tricia have always loved entertaining and have hosted large parties with complex menus, heated tents, and live music. The menus selected have been based on themes, such as an all Italian Easter Dinner for a party of 20. Dishes that have delighted guests include asparagus frittata, grilled eggplant with sweet peppers, sweet pea risotto, and veal scallops with prosciutto and sage. Mike and Tricia were also involved in a wine-tasting group back on Long Island, which met on a rotating basis between members' homes. They would love to incorporate wine and cheese pairings into the Reynolds Mansion Bed and Breakfast schedule.
The Innkeepers' daughter, Carly, received her Master of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently attending Penn State University where she will perform with the Chamber Orchestra and Bassoon Quartet. Also in residence at the Mansion are the Andriaccios' two dogs, Tony and Nia, who love to sneak out into the dining room to visit with guests after breakfast. Our newest addition, Tawny, a nine week old yellow lab puppy, will soon be in training to be a Guide Dog for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. We'll socialize him for one short year before he is off to be a working dog.