The Aldridge Mansion Museum (also known as Aldridge Mansion)[1] was the location of the first ghost in the 2016 movie. It is New York's oldest private home and museum.

History

Primary Canon

The Aldridge Mansion was built in the nineteenth century on the Upper West Side at 72nd Street, and was one of the most elegant homes in existence in that time period.[2][3]

On the morning of October 25, 1894 Sir Aldridge woke up and was furious that his breakfast was not waiting for him. He called out for his servants, but none responded. He then found out that they had all been stabbed in their sleep by his eldest daughter Gertrude.[4] The family avoided humiliation and locked her in the basement instead of calling the authorities. She was fed through a slot in the door and lived in the basement til her death.[5] Years later, a new owner discovered her remains. Ultimately, the door was resealed shut by the owner after he repeatedly heard strange sounds.[6]

Rowan North visited the Aldridge Mansion and planted a Hyper-Ionization Device under a table near the door to the basement. On a Tuesday, a tour guide named Garrett lectured a group of people about the Aldridge Mansion's history in its main hall then pointed out several luxuries and artifacts as he led them to the basement door.[7] He cautioned he was going to tell them a spooky story and told them about Gertrude Aldridge. He backed up into the library and presented a portrait of Gertrude hanging up above them. He backed up to the basement door and showed them how Gertrude was fed through a slot. A candlestick fell from a table near the door. Garrett asked them to follow him and stay clear of the door. Nobody noticed the Hyper-Ionization Device as they stepped over the candle.

At the early evening, when all the tours were over, Garrett was getting ready to go for the day. He flicked a light switch off then picked up the candle and looked at the bottom. He got out a clicker and pressed it, revealing a handle below the candlestick that made it fall by itself. He chuckled then placed the candle back on the table, when all the sudden a noise came from the basement. The basement door creaked open. Garrett turned around. He slowly walked back to the door and the knob turned. The door shook and a woman's scream was heard. Garrett ran to the entrance door to leave, but the door knob was red hot. An unseen force then pushed Garrett towards the wall, breaking a frame and table. He then ran to the drawing room and tried to launch a chair at a window, but the chair stopped in the air, then flew back at him. He then ran and ended up down the basement. He noticed that the basement floor and walls were leaking a green ectoplasm. He then noticed that he got some on his hands from the trailed. He tried to run back up the stairs, but the stairs collapsed and he found himself hanging for dear life. Then Gertrude revealed herself from the ectoplasm on the floor. Garrett screamed and allegedly soiled himself. The light flickered upstairs. Garrett wept as he told Ed Mulgrave Jr. about the incident over the phone.[8]

Erin Gilbert came to an agreement to introduce Abby Yates and Jillian Holtzmann to the staff in exchange for Abby temporarily taking Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal out of circulation. Garrett refused to go in side and threw his keys to the ground. Erin ended up going with Abby and Holtzmann into the mansion. Abby turned on her P.K.E. Meter while Holtzmann recorded with a Sony 4K Camcorder. Abby checked the basement door but it was locked. They inspected the location and after a bit, Erin stepped on ectoplasm and heard the basement door open behind her. Erin thought Abby and Holtzmann played another prank on them but they denied it. The P.K.E. Meter spun and they experienced an AP-xH Shift. A moment later, Gertrude hovered out of the basement. Erin tried to communicate with her, but then she projected ectoplasm all over her. Gertrude flew through a window and left the vicinity.

Secondary Canon

IDW Comics

After spending a large amount of time in Queens, Patty Tolan and Holtzmann chased after a ghost in Manhattan.[9] A portal generated by another dimension's Ghostbusters' Interspatial Teleportation Unit opened in a park near Aldridge Mansion. A student named Evan Torres poked his head through the portal and wondered if there was an alternate New York that was full of just robots. Kylie Griffin pulled Evan back through. The ghost made a beeline for the portal but Kylie closed it just in time. Unaware of what just happened, Patty and Holtzmann spotted him near Aldridge Mansion and the latter opened fire. She missed and blew up a parked car instead though she insisted the ghost used its psychic powers on it. They dodged the ghost as it charged them. Holtzmann had enough and blew it up with her Proton Pistol.

Noted Places

  • Mud Room (white walled room)
  • Entryway (green walled room)
  • Hall
  • Game Room (features Gertrude's piano)
  • Aldridge Family Library (circa 1920)
  • Basement

Inhabitants

Employees

Trivia

  • On August 14, 2015, The Castle at Boston University was dressed as the "Historic Aldridge Mansion Museum" for filming on August 17.[10]
  • On August 26, 2015, filming took place at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park from Tuesday August 25 to Friday August 28.[11]
  • The Aldridge Mansion Museum shares many similarities with the Merchant's House Museum at 29 East Fourth Street:
    • Built in the 19th century and preserved intact:
      • The Merchant's House Museum is the only 19th century family home in New York City preserved intact, both inside and out, and the only historic house museum in the Greenwich Village/Soho/NoHo neighborhoods.
      • The Aldridge Mansion Museum is New York's oldest private home and museum. It was built in the 19th century on the Upper West Side at 72nd Street.
        • The Tor novel has an alternate location and mentions the Aldridge was called the jewel of the West Village in Greenwich.
    • Sold by the original owner:
      • The Merchant's House Museum was sold to Seabury Tredwell.
      • The Aldridge Mansion Museum was sold to someone who discovered Gertrude Aldridge's corpse in the basement.
    • A daughter named Gertrude who died alone in the house and now her ghost haunts the museum.
      • Seabury Tredwell's eldest child was named Gertrude.[12]
      • Sir Aldridge's eldest daughter was named Gertrude.
  • The Hours of Operation are:
    • Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm
    • Saturday 11 am to 7 pm
    • Closed Sundays and every third Saturday
  • Garrett revealed the mansion and its owner already had a questionable history even before Gertrude's gruesome crimes:
    • A face bidet and an anti-Irish fence.[13]
    • There was a grandfather clock that was on the Titanic and saved by Sir Aldridge, though a Romanian woman and her child were forced off the life boat to make room for it.[14]
    • It's said that in the room where Sir Aldridge entertained his wealthy guests, P.T. Barnum got the idea of enslaving elephants.[15]
  • A giant rig was used for the scene when Gertrude throws the chair at the Tour Guide. It incorporated many things like a carbon fiber tube and bungee cords.[16][17]
  • The part where the Tour Guide is thrown into the wall was filmed on a sound stage with a stunt double a month later after that whole scene was filmed.[18]
  • In the Tor Books Ghostbusters Novelization, on page 1, the Aldridge Mansion Museum is alternatively placed in the West Village.[19]
  • On page 1 of Ghostbusters International #9, in panel 3, on the invoice are several references to the 2016 movie: in the description section is Boston University Castle and its address: 225 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
  • On page 13 of Ghostbusters 101 #1, in panel 3, the park that Evan Torres sees in the ATC universe is near the Boston filming location for Aldridge Mansion Museum exteriors on 225 Bay State Road. The park Evan appears over is at the intersection of Bay State Road and Granby Street.
  • On page 5 of Ghostbusters 101 #3, in panel 3, the news ticker mentions the Aldridge Mansion has reopened after a second incident.
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters 101 #6, the second image is from the 2016 movie, Chapter 3, when they see Gertrude Aldridge in the Aldridge Mansion Museum. Winston Zeddemore appeared in place of Abby, holding their P.K.E. Meter, while Holtzmann recorded with the Sony 4K Camcorder.

Appearances

Primary Canon

Secondary Canon

References

  1. Ed Mulgrave Jr. (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:08:43-00:08:47). Sony Pictures. Ed Mulgrave Jr. says: "Well, I'm Ed Mulgrave. I'm the historian at the Aldridge Mansion, and I believe it's haunted."
  2. Tour Guide Garrett (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:01:12-00:01:18). Sony Pictures. Tour Guide Garrett says: "So, the Aldridge Mansion is the only 19th century home in New York City preserved both inside and out."
  3. Erin Gilbert (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 12 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:18:35-1:18:39). Sony Pictures. Erin Gilbert says: "Um, Aldridge Mansion. Um, Upper West Side. Yes? 70... 72nd."
  4. Tour Guide Garrett (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:01:57-00:02:28). Sony Pictures. Tour Guide Garrett says: "On the morning of October 25th, 1894, Sir Aldridge awoke, furious, when his breakfast was not waiting for him. So he called to his servants, but none of them responded. Why? Because, during the night, one by one, they had each been stabbed to death in their sleep. It was later discovered they were murdered by his eldest daughter, Gertrude Aldridge."
  5. Tour Guide Garrett (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:02:29-00:02:49). Sony Pictures. Tour Guide Garrett says: "Sir Aldridge once wrote in his diary, "I know God makes no mistakes, but I believe he may have been drunk when he built Gertrude's personality." Now, to spare the family public humiliation, instead of turning her in to the police, they locked her in this basement. And they fed her... through this slot."
  6. Tour Guide Garrett (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:02:50-00:03:06). Sony Pictures. Tour Guide Garrett says: "Years later, when a new owner moved in, they dug out her remains. But, after repeatedly hearing strange sounds, he sealed it shut. That's right. No one has opened this door since then."
  7. Ed Mulgrave Jr. (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 2 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:17:17-00:17:20). Sony Pictures. Ed Mulgrave Jr. says: "Garrett here saw it on Tuesday, and I believe it made him soil himself."
  8. Ed Mulgrave Jr. (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 2 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:17:32-00:17:34). Sony Pictures. Ed Mulgrave Jr. says: "He did. He called me sobbing, saying, "Oh, my God, my pants are toast"."
  9. Abby Yates (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #1" (2017) (Comic p.20). Abby Yates says: "You've been gone for... come on, Queens is... it's crawling with extranormal entities!"
  10. Boston "Has 'Ghostbusters' made its way to Boston University?" 8/17/15
  11. "Easton mansion a scary good fit for new Ghostbusters movie" 8/26/15
  12. New York Times "The Ghosts of New York's Past" 10/28/2018 Article reads: "For nearly a century, members of the Tredwell family occupied the house at 29 East Fourth Street, near Washington Square Park. If you believe the reports, at least one of them still does. The ghost of Gertrude Tredwell is said to have roamed the house since she died there in 1933, in the same bed in which she was born. One of the first sightings came just weeks after her death, according to Anthony Bellov, a board member of the Merchant’s House Museum, which occupies the house and preserves it as a testament to the Tredwells and the era in which they lived...The museum opened to the public only three years after Gertrude died. One of its early caretakers, a woman named Florence Helm, later described having several mysterious experiences there. Once, she told The New York Times in 1953, she watched a silk tassel twist and turn as though someone were playfully twirling it. Other times, she heard a consistent tapping on the wall...Visitors have reported seeing Gertrude as she appeared at various stages of her life, from her late teens on. Most say she was wearing a long, brown taffeta gown, though that description matches none of the 40 gowns in the museum's collection, Mr. Bellov said...The Tredwell family moved into the house in 1835, when Gertrude’s father, Seabury, retired from a successful career in the hardware business. Five years later, he and his wife, Eliza, had Gertrude, their eighth child. Legend has it that Seabury prevented Gertrude from marrying her true love, which may explain why she remained in the house over the years, even as her family members slowly streamed out. By 1909, she was the last Tredwell still in the house, which she made few changes to over time. Aging and weak, she rarely left the residence in her final years there and died poor and alone."
  13. Tour Guide Garrett (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Theatrical Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:01:19-00:01:29). Sony Pictures. Tour Guide Garrett says: "At the time of its construction, it was one of the most elegant homes in existence, featuring every luxury including a face bidet and an anti-Irish security fence."
  14. Tour Guide Garrett (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:01:23-00:01:33). Sony Pictures. Tour Guide Garrett says: "Um, interesting fact, this grandfather clock was on the Titanic and was saved by Sir Aldridge. A Romanian woman and her child were forced to leave the lifeboat to make room."
  15. Tour Guide Garrett (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 1 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:01:34-00:01:45). Sony Pictures. Tour Guide Garrett says: "Uh, over here, you can imagine Sir Aldridge entertaining his wealthy guests. It's said that, in this very room, P.T. Barnum first had the idea to enslave elephants."
  16. Paul Feig (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition - Filmmaker Commentary (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:04:36-00:04:41). Sony Pictures. Paul Feig says: "That--that chair that stops--and that was a whole giant rig made out of this steel contraption."
  17. Mark Hawker (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition - Filmmaker Commentary (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:04:42-00:04:46). Sony Pictures. Mark Hawker says: "Yeah, carbon fiber tube, and bungee cord and all sorts of things."
  18. Paul Feig (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition - Writer & Director Commentary (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:04:25-00:04:34). Sony Pictures. Paul Feig says: "Th-That stunt whe--th-th--where Zach is thrown into the wall was actually shot a month later after we did this one. On a sound stage. "
  19. Narrator (2016). Tor Books- "Ghostbusters Novelization (Holder)" (2016) (Book p.1). Line reads: "A dark jewel of Manhattan's West Village, the historical estate loomed in deep shadows."
  20. Abby Yates (2016). Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Extended Edition; Chapter 6 (2016) (Blu-Ray ts. 00:40:43-00:40:48). Sony Pictures. Abby Yates says: "We got another Class 4, and this one's even more ionized than the one at the Aldridge Mansion."


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Behind the Scenes and Interviews

Secondary Canon

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