A century after it was built by the nation’s first self-made female millionaire, an Irvington mansion has been sold to another self-made mogul.
Villa Lewaro, built in 1918 for Madam C.J. Walker, a daughter of newly freed African American slaves, was purchased by Richelieu Dennis, an African immigrant whose company, Sundial Brands, is currently valued at $1 billion.
Both made their fortunes in natural hair-care products catering primarily to African American women.
On Monday, at a meeting of the Irvington Village Board of Trustees, the 49-year-old Dennis, dressed down in jogger pants and a patterned scarf, greeted members of the board, residents and even journalists with a hug.
He was in front of the board to discuss his plans for the 34-room, 20,000-square-foot mansion on North Broadway. Built in 1918, Madam Walker’s “dream of dreams” home, was designed by Vertner Tandy, the first African-American architect registered in New York.
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