Millionaire Giraud Foster spent $2.5 million to build Bellefontaine in 1897 as a duplicate of Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon. He lived there with his family until his death at age 94.
Two years later, in 1947, Bellefontaine sold to the Fathers of the Mercy. A boarding school for high school boys, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, occupied the space from 1961 to 1979.
Martin Isenberg of Boston purchased the estate in September of 1981 for $1 million and spent $500,00 to restore it, before selling it in September of 1987 to Mel Zuckerman for $5.2 million. Groundbreaking for the $37 million Canyon Ranch began in 1988 and the resort opened in September of 1989.
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Founded by the Priests of the Sacred Heart, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary was a boarding school for high school boys that occupied Bellefontaine Mansion between 1961 and 1979.
Allison Marchese, public relations director of Canyon Ranch on Sept. 5, 1989.
Bird's Eye View of Canyon Ranch shows the original mansion, lower left, and the new buildings, top and right.
An undated photo of Canyon Ranch, once known as Bellefontaine, in Lenox.
Canyon Ranch cooking demonstration.
Canyon Ranch spa lobby under construction, Sept. 5, 1989
Canyon Ranch, 1989. The entire complex is connected by hallways.
Canyon Ranch, step aerobics class, Nov 30. 1989
Clapboard siding for Canyon Ranch hotel facility. Hotel planned to have 120 rooms, 24 of them suites, 1989
Dana Clark Wilson and Lawrence Corp paint the lines of the indoor tennis court, Sept. 5, 1989
Dining area, Canyon Ranch, Sept. 28, 1989
Enid and Mel Zuckerman, founders of Canyon Ranch Health and Fitness Resort in Tucson, joined partners Berger and Burack of NY at groundbreaking of $37 million resort in Lenox.
Facade of the Bellefontaine Mansion as originally designed in 1897, restored as part of the $37 million Canyon Ranch resort project
Frances Browne, nail technician, and Jeannie Reilly, hair technician, Sept. 28, 1989
Mary Ellen St. John, of Coral Gables, Fla., named as general manager and director of operations at Canyon Ranch.
Getting a facial at Canyon Ranch.
Instructor Victor Pascarella assists visitor unfamiliar with the Kaiser equipment
Kathy Sprague leads a vigorous aerobics class, Canyon Ranch, fitness class, Nov. 30, 1989
Larkin Barnett leads a water exercise class, Nov. 30, 1989
Larkin Barnett shouts encouragement to her water exercise class
Millionaire Giraud Foster built Bellefontaine as a duplicate of Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon la France. He lived there until his death in 1945. In 1947 the mansion (and 1800 statues) sold to the Fathers of Mercy.
New construction of Canyon Ranch in Lenox, seen from the third floow at the Bellefontaine mansion, 1989
New treadmill exercise room, Canyon Ranch, Sept. 28, 1989
Staff of Canyon Ranch try out the new indoor and outdoor pools prior to the resort opening, Sept. 28, 1989
Tom Paige of Paddock Pools, working in a cold plunge pool, Sept. 5, 1989.
Twenty treadmills line the mirror wall of the exercise room which also contains rowing machines, bicycles and Kaiser equipment, Nov. 30, 1989