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“Lynnewood Hall,” Peter A. B. Widener House

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1898, Horace Trumbauer. 920 Spring Ln., off Ashbourne Rd.

“Lynnewood Hall” is Horace Trumbauer's monument to the Widener family fortune that started the migration of the vast wealth of Philadelphia's N. Broad Street to the northern suburbs. With its immense portico fronting its palatial limestone facade, Lynnewood is a spectacular English Georgian country seat that in the late afternoon sun has the look of decayed grandeur of English gentry. In recent years, its present owner, the Faith Theological Seminary, has sold off most of the interior fittings in preparation for its demolition.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "“Lynnewood Hall,” Peter A. B. Widener House", [, 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, 210-210.

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