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Lake Paupac

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1923, McLanahan and Bencker. 126 E. Lake Rd., 3.4 miles east of Greentown

Lake Paupac was acquired by J. W. Mott, the owner of Atlantic City's fabled Traymore Hotel. He commissioned the successor firm of the Traymore's architects to build a sprawling, rustic camp with massive stone fireplaces and long banks of small-paned sash windows looking out on his lake. Visiting the Motts in the 1930s, Robert Venturi recalled seeing a now lost watercolor of the Traymore over the mantelpiece. When the Motts sold the property, a group of Philadelphians acquired the lake and its perimeter to form an association. Most of the house was kept as a clubhouse and the new owners commissioned small cottages by some of Philadelphia's most adventurous early modern architects. By setting the houses back from the lake, the area retains its pristine quality. The wooded sites are best seen in the winter or early spring.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Lake Paupac", [Greentown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-PI12.

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, 529-529.

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