Villa Lewaro Celebrates a New Owner and Plans for the Future

December 19, 2018 by Ruth McBain

In the 100th year anniversary of its completion, Madam C.J. Walker's historic Villa Lewaro estate in Irvington, New York is looking forward to a bright future. The New Voices Foundation, whose mission is to help women of color entrepreneurs achieve their vision, will spearhead the stabilization of the structure and planning for future uses.

“In the one hundred years since Madam Walker built her majestic home, Villa Lewaro, it has served as a landmark both to her own success and to her endeavor to create a space dedicated to the achievement and empowerment of African Americans,” said Brent Leggs, director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.“Under the 25-year stewardship of Ambassador Harold Doley Jr. and his wife Helena, Villa Lewaro flourished as a monument to all that Madam Walker represented; the spirit of American entrepreneurship, perseverance in the face of adversity, and African American achievement. We believe that the New Voices Foundation’s and Dennis Family’s stewardship of this site will not only ensure its future, but will lay the foundation for a new generation of entrepreneurs and cultural leaders to explore ways they too can preserve places that help to tell the full American story.”

You can read the full press release here.

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