Cate Blanchett’s Grand Old House from “Carol” For Sale in Cincinnati

Carol movie mansion 2581 Grandin Cincinnati OH

Have you seen the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara movie Carol? Then you might recognize the Barrett Estate in Hyde Park, a charming neighborhood on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio.

This was Carol’s grand old house in the movie, and now the real thing is for sale.

The mansion was built in the early 1900s and is kind of a time capsule, not having been updated much over the years. The movie takes place in the 1950s, so it created a perfect backdrop for the story. Take a look!

The Barrett Estate from the Movie “Carol”

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio Carol movie

Here’s how Carol’s house looked onscreen, with a couple of cool vintage cars in the drive (below):

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Cincinnati

The movie was based on a 1952 novel called The Price of Salt (Amazon affiliate link):

The Price of Salt book by Claire Morgan aka Patricia Highsmith

It was written by Patricia Highsmith under the pseudonym Claire Morgan.

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio Carol movie

According to Cincinnati Refined:

The Barrett Estate is a 9,400-square-foot Hyde Park mansion built in 1905 in the Gothic Revival style by Elzner & Anderson, a Cincinnati-based architecture firm. It was constructed for Mary Hanna, the daughter of financier Henry Hanna.

She had ties to some pretty prominent Queen City players. Her mother, Mary Jane Ellison Hanna, was related to the mother of Anna Sinton Taft, who was the sister-in-law of President William Howard Taft. In 1957, Charles and Mary Barrett bought the estate, raising their six children there.

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

Here’s a shot of Kyle Chandler, playing Carol’s husband Harge, in the entry hall:

Kyle Chandler in Carol movie

The first order of business for the new owners should be to restore the hardwood floors that are probably hiding under the carpet…

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

This room off the entry hall has the original wood trim and a gorgeous green Rookwood fireplace:

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

Here’s a screenshot I got of Cate Blanchett in front of those same windows:

Cate Blanchett in Carol movie house

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

I mean, seriously…that fireplace.

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

I was excited to learn the movie was filmed in Cincinnati because it’s my hometown. I spent my early years in Clifton, surrounded by grand old houses that never failed to spark my imagination.

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

The filming locations for Carol, according to IMDb:

The city of Cincinnati, Ohio, and surrounding areas doubled for 1950s New York City and New Jersey. Shot in the Spring of 2014, filming locations included Downtown Cincinnati, Eden Park, Hyde Park, Over-the-Rhine; and cities of Cheviot, Hamilton, Lebanon, and Wyoming. Additional filming locations included northern Kentucky: town of Alexandria.

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

The butler’s pantry is pretty fabulous in all its retro glory:

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

We saw a corner of it the scene below with Therese (Rooney Mara):

Butler's Pantry in Carol movie

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

The kitchen has bright blue cabinets and a yellow ceiling:

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde ParkCarol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

They made it work for the movie with minimal changes:

kitchen in the movie Carol

The movie was shot on Super 16 millimeter film to give it the look of photographic film from the 1950s.

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

So many of the scenes were shot in tight closeups that it sometimes took me a minute to figure out which room they were in.

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio

For the scene below, I recognized the wallpaper from the room above:

screenshot from the movie Carol Cate Blanchett

The house has 6 bedrooms + 5.5 baths.

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

The filmmakers took a corner of the room below, beside the Rookwood-tiled fireplace…

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

…and used it for this scene with Carol and her daughter Rindy:

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

The Production Designer for Carol was Judy Becker.

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

I’m smitten with the cozy built-in seating area on the landing:

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

“Carol” is streaming on Netflix right now if you want to see it.

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

It was nominated for 6 Oscars. It’s kind of slow and moody but pretty to look at. I loved the sets and vintage 1950s clothes.

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

Here’s a shot from the movie taken from this room, looking into the one with the green fireplace (below):

Screenshot living room from movie Carol

The house was built entirely of Indiana limestone.

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

This terrace probably has as much square footage as my entire house…

Barrett Estate Hyde Park Ohio bedroom

The old swan bench in the backyard is a gem, for sure:

swan bench Barrett Estate Hyde Park

The house sits on about 2.5 acres.

swan bench Barrett Estate Hyde Park

There’s a view of the Cincinnati skyline in the distance:

Carol movie house 2581 Grandin Hyde Park

According to an article about the novel in The Telegraph:

The novel The Price of Salt was inspired by a blonde woman in a mink coat who ordered a doll from Patricia Highsmith when she was working as a temporary salesgirl in the toy section of Bloomingdale’s in New York City during the 1948 Christmas season. Highsmith recalled feeling “odd and swimmy in the head, near to fainting, yet at the same time uplifted, as if I had seen a vision.”

Movie Carol screenshot dollhouse

I was excited to spot the Playsteel doll house in this scene.
I bought one just like it from an antique store a few years ago.

Movie Carol screenshot dollhouse

Here’s an original ad for the doll house that I found when I was researching mine:

Vintage Woolworth's Ad for Playsteel Tin Dollhouse 1948

How fun is that? You can see mine and read about it here.

Hyde Park Mansion For Sale 2581 Grandin

They’re asking $2.49 million for the Barrett property.

Hyde Park Mansion For Sale 2581 Grandin

For more information about the Barrett Estate at 2581 Grandin Road, check the Sibcy Cline listing held by Julie K. Back, as well as the features in Cincinnati Refined and Cincinnati Magazine. 

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