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“Fatlands,” John Price Wetherill House

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1776, 1836. Camiel Ln., off Pawlings Rd., 3.4 miles northeast of Valley Forge

“Fatlands,” a western counterpart to Nicholas Biddle's Greek Revival mansion Andalusia ( BU2), stands across the Schuylkill River from Valley Forge Park overlooking the valleys of the Schuylkill and Perkiomen Creek. The first house on the site was constructed for James Vaux; it was enlarged and updated to its present form in 1836 for John Price Wetherill of the lead mining and processing family who made their fortune in paint. The house capitalized on the fashion for Grecian porticoes that was more at home in Connecticut and the south but found several memorable expressions in the Philadelphia countryside. Fatlands is special for the scale of the portico and its juxtaposed miniature service wing. The house was long owned by Peter J. Camiel, political boss of Philadelphia's Democratic Party, who managed the property while declaring residency in the city.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "“Fatlands,” John Price Wetherill House", [Phoenixville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 201-201.

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