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Pasfield House Debuts on Public Broadcasting TV Channel

On Thursday, September 28, 2006, at 7:00 pm the Pasfield House will be featured on Illinois Stories, a television series supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Pasfield House Owner - Innkeeper Tony Leone announced the airing of the popular half hour program, stating, “The extent of this media coverage and recognition should help promote historic preservation efforts as well as boost tourism in the Springfield Area. ” Leone is about to open the Pasfield House as a Bed & Breakfast and operate a Springfield Historic Homes Tour Program that will begin early this fall.

Springfield’s PBS Station (channels 14 and 8) WSEC broadcast was filmed at the Pasfield House. Illinois Stories’ producer/host Mark McDonald interviews Anthony Rubano, IHPA Project Designer, Bruce Ferry, the Pasfield architect, Carolyn Oxtoby, granddaughter of original owner George Pasfield and Tony Leone.

The broadcast begins outside the Pasfield House with Rubano describing the classic revival structure. Inside, Ferry comments on the efforts made to keep the integrity of the original structure. Oxtoby recalls her early childhood in the home while Leone points out its present commercial use. Leone also provides a brief overview of the significant role the Pasfield family played in Springfield’s early development. “Viewers will be interested to visit the Pasfield House in person when it opens. Tourists will learn about all the historic homes available for tours in Springfield”, adds Don Moss who is coordinating efforts of the Illinois General Assembly Historic Preservation Caucus. Moss also commends Leone for his dedication to Historic Preservation.

Viewers can see a rebroadcast of the Pasfield House segment on Sunday October 1st at 4:00 and 4:30 pm, and again on Monday October 2nd at 6:30 pm. The broadcast of three individual Illinois Stories airs daily Monday through Friday at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 pm .respectively, again at 10 pm Friday and at 4:00 and 4:30 pm every Sunday afternoon.

The Pasfield House, located at 525 S. Pasfield St., is one of Springfield’s most beautiful historic homes, located on what was once the Pasfield Family Estate, west of downtown. The mansion is a Classical Revival built in 1896 by George Pasfield Jr. , a prominent banker, landowner and the third generation of a family that was central to the development of early Springfield. The Pasfield vast wealth enabled the grandson of an 1831 Springfield merchant to build an exquisite home exemplifying the symmetrical elegance of Georgian design popular at the turn of the nineteenth century. The mansion features a grand central staircase and a large front veranda reminiscent of antebellum plantations. The home will soon offer bed and breakfast and long term accommodations. It has restored it to its original grandeur by Tony Leone, a local businessman and former Clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Press Availability

On September 28th the Pasfield House has a previously scheduled reception for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Architects from all over America will be in Springfield Illinois to confer at their annual meeting. Last year their governing board of AIA held a dinner at the Pasfield House and selected it this year for its opening reception.

Tony Leone will be available at 3:00 pm at the Pasfield House to discuss the renovation process of the Pasfield House, the Pasfield Family History as well as comment on the outstanding opportunity the program airing offers in promoting Illinois Tourism. He will air an advance copy of the 25 minute program at 3:15, after which he will answer any further questions. The debut airs on public television WSEC channel 8 & 14 at 7:00 pm that evening.