London's Bedford Park established the idea of a planned bedroom suburb. In the Philadelphia region, banker A. J. Drexel and his business partner and publisher George W. Childs brought together capital and the capacity to finance and create a suburb at Wayne Station (1881, Wilson Brothers) on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Builders Herman Wendell and Monroe Smith, who had been active in West Philadelphia, commissioned the Price brothers, both trained in Frank Furness's office, to design a decorative real estate office (demolished) as well as a half-dozen model houses whose names—“Bruin Lodge,” “Pillar House,” “Tower House,” and “Flemish House”—were calculated to stimulate desire. Houses occupy small lots with front, side, and rear yards on tree-lined streets, share a common palette of materials—local stone and shingle—and are shaped with windows that convey function in ways that recall Furness's own house “Idlewild” ( DE25).
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