A one-take drone video of Glensheen Mansion captures the estate as it would have been soon after it was completed in 1908.
Drone pilot Jay Christensen — the same drone pilot who captured Hollywood's attention with his one-shot video called "Right Up Our Alley," filmed at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis and another one-shot drone video at Mann Cinema in Plymouth — gave Glensheen in Duluth the one-shot treatment.
Here's the video:
The video, which has a real Downton Abbey vibe, features the drone flying around the 39-room mansion and Lake Superior estate, and is narrated with details about the home and the Congdon family, who built the mansion.
Throughout the video, there are staff members tending to their duties and "members" of the Congdon family enjoying their home, as they would have done 100 years ago.
Christensen posted the video to Twitter and on YouTube Sunday night. Anthony Jaska directed it, with the actors in the video coming from the UMD Theater department.
"We love the immersive feeling of stepping back in time that the video gives. The production of the video was a wonderful group effort," a Glensheen spokesperson said. "Jay Christensen and his talented team led the visionary way. It was great to have the chance to utilize our UMD connection in working with the UMD Theater student talent and the UMD Costume Shop."
Christensen and Jaska have previously created popular flyover videos of St. Paul and Minneapolis for Sky Candy Studios, of which Christensen is the head of operations and which provides drones for Rally Studios.
Their one-shot tour of Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis went viral in March, attracting praise far and wide including from Marvel director James Gunn.
More about Glensheen
Chester and Clara Congdon, known for opening up iron mining in the region, built Glensheen at 3300 London Road in Duluth between 1905-1908. It cost the Congtons about $854,000 to build the mansion.
The mansion was donated to the University of Minnesota Duluth and opened as a house museum in 1979, with the collection intact. Everything in the home was the Congdon's.
The main house's 39 rooms cover 27,000 feet of living space. The estate, which was originally 22 acres, still includes a pier and boathouse on Lake Superior, as well as Tischer Creek, a stone arch bridge crossing the creek, and Bent Brook.
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Glensheen is currently offering classic tours and full mansion tours, both of which are self-guided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tickets for the class tours are available to buy online here, while you can only buy the full mansion tour tickets at the estate. Grounds passes are also available.
The estate is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it will be open until 7 p.m. on Saturdays from May 29-Oct. 23.