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Wilpen Hall (William Penn Snyder House)
A steelmaker with excellent architectural taste, William Snyder hired George S. Orth (1843–1918) to build this brownstone and shingle Queen Anne–style home first, then a Beaux-Arts town house that still stands at the corner of Ridge and Galveston avenues in North Side. By the 1920s, automobile roads were improved, and the North Side had decayed so much that the family turned this summer retreat into their permanent home. This was the pattern as well for their neighbors, the Benjamin Franklin Jones family, whose adjacent Fairacres estate was even more lavish. Today, all that survives of Fairacres are a half-dozen servants' houses visible from Blackburn Road and a summary notion of the once lavish gardens.
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