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Shadow Lawn
Woodrow Wilson Hall, West Long Branch, NJ - south view.jpg
The Great Hall at Shadow Lawn
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Location Cedar and Norwood Avenues, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Built 1927
Built by Thompson–Starrett Co.
Architect Horace Trumbauer, Julian Abele
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP reference No. 78001780
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Added to NRHP March 28, 1978
Designated NHL February 4, 1985

Shadow Lawn is a historic building in West Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Since 1956, the building has been owned by Monmouth University as part of its campus.


It was built in 1927 for Hubert T. Parson, president of the F.W. Woolworth Company. Parson was financially ruined by the Great Depression and the house was sold in 1939 for $100. It became part of Monmouth University in 1956.

The building stands on the site of Joseph Benedict Greenhut's earlier estate of the same name, which was destroyed by a fire. That building was the summer White House for President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

Shadow Lawn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 for its significance in art, architecture, and landscape architecture and then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

In 1982, the 130-room, 19-bath building was used to portray Oliver Warbucks' (Albert Finney) mansion in the film Annie.

In 2004, the university tried to raise funds to restore the building.

As the original building was once occupied by Wilson, the current building was renamed from Shadow Lawn to Woodrow Wilson Hall after Monmouth's acquisition of the estate, although Wilson died before the building was completed. In 2020, the building returned to its Shadow Lawn name, with the university citing racist policies of Wilson for the change.

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