Built in 1999, Asherwood Estate had been home to the Simon family until Mr. Mel Simon’s passing in 2009. Although the vast property was initialed set to be redeveloped into a glamorous inn surrounded by custom homes that contract has given way to another community idea. According to the builder plans had to change when covenants from 1959 created limitations.
The whopping 107-acre estate on Ditch Road has been fully donated to the Great American Songbook Association. That’s right! Just when you thought they were out of space…Carmel will be host to a new museum.
Valued at more than $30 million, this palatial estate is quite the gift. The Asherwood Estate comes complete with a “furnished 50,000-square-foot main house, an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, a 6,000-square-foot guesthouse, several other structures and two golf courses“. The Great American Songbook Foundation, based at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, is ecstatic to create an interactive experience for visitors and further expand the foundation’s education and outreach programs.
The mission of The Great American Songbook Foundation is to “preserve and curate artifacts related to creators, performers and publishers” and they could not have been given a more elegant canvas to continue that. Take a look at some of these interior and exterior shots of the mega estate and you’ll be wondering when you can buy a ticket.
More interesting still, the foundation last year became a cultural affiliate of the Grammy Museum, which is expected to assist in the organization of the museum’s move onto the estate grounds. We can hardly wait to see how this project comes together, stay tuned!
Which part of the estate do you want to see? Field trip anyone?