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Whitemarsh Hall - (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 128

Genre: Architecture

Sub-Genre: Buildings

Series Title: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)

Author: Charles G Zwicker & Edward C Zwicker & Springfield Township Historical Society

Age Range: Adult

Language: English

TCIN: 78283679
UPC: 9780738536170
Item Number (DPCI): 059-09-9839

Description

Whitemarsh Hall, known as "the Versailles of America," was one of the largest and most exquisite estates in North America. Edward Townsend Stotesbury, one of the wealthiest Philadelphians in the early twentieth century, commissioned renowned architect Horace Trumbauer to build the one-hundred-forty-sevenroom mansion in 1916 on three hundred acres just outside Philadelphia. Whitemarsh Hall, which took five years to build at an estimated cost of $10 million with all the furnishings, was a wedding present for his second wife. This book explores Whitemarsh Hall s construction, its heyday in the 1920s, the multiple impacts of the Great Depression, Stotesbury s death, and subsequent ownership over the next four decades, culminating in its eventual submission to decay, vandalism, and the wrecking ball in 1980."
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