Glen Tonche

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Glen Tonche
Glen Tonche - Allaire Studios
Alternative names Allaire Studios (2001–2007)
General information
Status Extant
Type Private family estate
Architectural style Tudor
Location Ulster County, near Shokan, New York
Country United States
Coordinates 42°00′11″N 74°11′19″W / 42.00306°N 74.18861°W / 42.00306; -74.18861Coordinates: 42°00′11″N 74°11′19″W / 42.00306°N 74.18861°W / 42.00306; -74.18861
Completed 1928; 89 years ago (1928)
Owner  • Raymond Pitcairn and later the Pitcairn family (1928–1998)
 • Randall Wallace (since 1998)

Glen Tonche is an American estate atop Mount Tonche, in Ulster County, near Shokan, New York.

The estate's house was built in 1928 as the summer family compound of American businessman Raymond Pitcairn, whose family founded PPG Industries.


Under Pitcairn ownership the 18,740-square-foot (1,741-square-metre) compound on 22 acres (9 hectares) was largely made up of two main wings connected by a covered walkway. The balance of Mount Tonche – over 1,000 acres (4.0 square kilometres) – is under restrictive preservation.

The property as a whole reflects a blend of Tudor-style architecture with some Arts-and-Crafts-movement influences. The south wing was a pentagon configuration housing the main kitchen, two servants' quarters, six guest bedrooms, six full baths, and a massive glass-enclosed mountaintop porch. The wing also featured a 29-by-36-foot dining hall capable of seating 100 or more guests. The north wing housed the library, eleven bedrooms, seven full baths and two-and-one-half baths, three-room servant's quarters, as well as a great room with 30-foot-tall (9.1-metre) floor-to-ceiling windows and 60-foot-high (18-metre) vaulted ceilings.[1]

Transfer from Pitcairn ownership[edit]

The estate remained in the Pitcairn family until it was put on the market in 1995 for $3.9 million, then $2.9 million, then in late 1998 down to $1.95 million,[2] at which time it was sold to photographer and musician Randall Wallace.[3]

Allaire Studios[edit]

The first record recorded at Allaire was Harvest Home by Jay Ungar in 1999. The studio was then substantially renovated and reopened in 2001 and has remained open since then [4]where rock musician David Bowie recorded his album Heathen (2002).[5] and his next one, Reality (2003) [6] In 2001, singer-songwriter Norah Jones recorded her debut album Come Away with Me (2002).}} During five weeks in late 2006, rock band Rush recorded the album Snakes & Arrows (2007).[7]On March 13th 2017, BBC Music officially named Allaire Studios as one of "The 10 most stunning places to make music" [8]

Resale offerings[edit]

Reconfigured from the Pitcairn ownership the main house includes nineteen bedrooms with three separate apartments on the property. The estate was listed on the market in 2007/2008 with an asking price of $13 million.[9] However, the property was removed from the formal market in the first quarter of 2008.[citation needed]

The property formally returned on the market in June 2009 at 22 acres (89,000 m2) for a price of $8,850,000[10] Unsold it was removed from the market. In a June 2012 preview article - 'Zeus of the Catskills' - with The New York Times, Wallace indicated that he would again be relisting the property for sale in the near future for $8 million.[11]

In March 2016, Glen Tonche was permanently withdrawn from the market and restored and reopened as a world class recording studio (Allaire Studios) managed by the owner Randall Wallace and his wife Janet who live on site. Allaire Studios/Glen Tonche Studios Inc. is a member of SPARS. Among 2016 Allaire Clients is Grizzly Bear who recently finished their second CD done at Allaire Studios...[12]

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