/New on DVD: Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters
Xavier Estate

New on DVD: Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters

Xmen, First Class, the recent documentary of the origin of the Xavier School, is scheduled to be released on September 9th.

Located at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, just outside of Salem Center, Westchester County, New York, the original ancestral Xavier estate was built in the late 1700s. Currently owned by Charles Xavier, this sprawling mansion was erected near Breakstone Lake and now serves as a school.

Charles Xavier interview
Charles Xavier escorts the interviewer through the mansion

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Xmen, First Class provides a rare look at the history of the Xavier homestead, giving viewers an extensive tour of its public and private spaces. While considering the historical importance of the building, the documentary focuses on the Charles Xavier and the first students that have most influenced how we view it today.

This 132 minute feature documentary brings you the most comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the Xavier mansion and current home to the Xavier school we have ever seen. Xmen, First Class takes you beyond the sprawling gardens and wrought iron gates to the private residence, sharing exclusive interviews with the Charles Xavier, and even some of the first students.

The documentary recounts highlights of America’s most famous high school, from Charles Graymalkin’s first design decisions to the change in the mansion since Charles Xavier turned it into a school for gifted youngsters. Viewers will see the private rooms of the Xavier family, some now converted into the offices of the Headmaster and student dean, as well as the bedroom of Mr. Xavier himself, newly-refurbished to accommodate his need for a wheelchair.

Young Charles Xavier playing chess in the Drawing Room
A young Charles Xavier (left) playing chess in the Drawing Room

Produced with assistance from First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, this documentary is the most comprehensive look at the Xavier Mansion ever offered in video, bringing this treasured landmark alive for you.

The DVD is part of The American House Video Collection. The 6-disc video collection includes the feature documentary The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home from CSPAN, and other award-winning documentaries on Lincoln’s Log Cabin, and modern masterpieces, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Philip Johnson’s Glass House by, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water.