The Schuylkill River roads connect center city with the vast seven-thousand-acre tract of Fairmount Park. Among the special charms of the park are nearly a dozen houses that recall the first use of the then distant river edge as a retreat for the few from the summer heat in the city. Modeled on such London retreats as Chiswick, William Kent's miniature confection for Lord Burlington, these represent the good life of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
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