Lower Merion Historical Society

The Lower Merion Historical Society

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Houses & Estates Collection

William Alan Morrison bequeathed to three local historical societies his research materials used in preparing The Main Line: Country Houses of Philadelphia’s Storied Suburb, 1870-1930, in whose pages he detailed

…a unique world of country life in the manner of English gentry that could be enjoyed after a short train ride from the smoke-filled streets of Center City Philadelphia. …truly exceptional decoration, architecture and garden design as practised by some of this country’s most passionate advocates of country life at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Lower Merion Historical Society received most of these materials, over 800 photographs, clippings and notes that document 158 houses and estates in or just outside of the Township. These are not ALL the great estates in Lower Merion and Narberth, of course, rather the ones that Morrison researched for possible inclusion in his book. At least 90 are still standing in 2020.

Estates in the collection

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Pencoyd Farm (Roberts Estate) 1684 demolished 1964 8
Idylwild Farm 1717 extant and extensively altered 4
Rose Hill 1755 demolished 1
Stokes Poges 1787 unknown 1
Wyndham 1796 extant with additions and renovations through the years 2
Sunnybrook 1813 extant 18
Olinda before 1859 demolished 3
Green Hill Farm 1863 extant 4
Pembroke 1869 burned 1935 5
Leighton Place (The Chestnuts) 1870 demolished 2
Cheswold 1872 demolished 4
Sylvula (Beechwood, The Beeches, Beechwood House) 1877 extant; completely renovated 2002 2
Stoneleigh (Smith-Bodine-Haas House) 1878 extant 17
Elioak 1880 demolished 2
By-the-Wood before 1881 demolished 2
Dolobran 1881 extant 6
Havod before 1881 demolished 3
Ashdale (Ashwood) before 1881 demolished 2
Maybrook 1881 extant 15
Red Leaf 1881 extant and extensively altered 6
The Pines 1882 demolished 3
Edgerton House 1882 extant with additions 1
Rostrevor 1884 demolished 4
Bardwold (Bonniview) 1885 demolished 4
Farwood (Coed Mawr) 1885 demolished 5
Greystone 1885 demolished 2
Melrose (Rose Hill) 1885 demolished 2
Ballytore 1885 extant and extensively altered 7
Ingeborg 1885 demolished 9
Tyn-y-coed 1886 extant and extensively altered 3
Roselyn 1886 extant? 3
Holmhurst 1886 demolished 2
Homeacres 1886 demolished 2
Samuel Fox residence 1887 unknown 2
Raynham (2) before 1887 extant? 1
Briar Crest (Longmeadows) 1887 extant 5
The Maples 1887 extant; extensively altered 2
Highfields before 1888 unknown 3
Redstone 1888 demolished 3
Minden 1888 demolished 2
Corker Hill (Marobe) 1889 demolished 6
Langdale 1889 demolished 2
Rathalla 1889 extant 12
Wohlruh 1889 extant and extensively altered 2
Sternberg (Philadelphia Country Club) before 1890 demolished 8
Avonwood Court 1891 demolished 9
Rubusmont 1891 extant 2
La CastaƱa (New Sharon) 1891 extant 7
Folly Farm (Pen-y-Bryn, Rolling Hill Farm) 1892 demolished 2
Woodmont 1892 extant 19
Frances B. Saunders residence 1892 demolished 2
Lynedoch 1893 demolished 2
Clovelly before 1896 extant 3
Thomas Baird residence 1896 unknown 2
Penn-Hurst before 1896 extant 2
Red Slates before 1896 demolished 4
Crefield before 1896 extant? 1
Yorkston before 1896 demolished 2
William P. Gest residence 1897 demolished 3
John P. Gest residence 1897 extant 2
Swastika (The Grange, Linden Grange) 1898 extant 3
Llanengan 1899 demolished 8
Gray Range (Ballyheather) 1899 extant 12
Holt Hill 1899 unknown 6
Blancoyd 1899 demolished 3
Villa Zorada 1899 extant 3
Yorklynne 1899 demolished 16
Mrs. Walter Cramp residence 1899 extant with extensive alteration 2
Pleasant View Farm (Llewellyn Farm, Hartdale) 1900 extant 5
Dindorf (Dragonfly) about 1900 extant 8
Langmere (Langwood) 1901 demolished 2
Mill-Brook (Mill-Brook Farm) 1901 unknown 5
Briar Hill 1901 demolished 3
Algernon B. Roberts, Jr. residence 1902 demolished 3
Glenmede 1902 extant 9
Penshurst (Penshurst Farm) 1902 demolished 32
Arthur P. Baugh residence 1902 extant 2020 4
Dipple (Clifton Wyngates, Le Mensil) 1903 extant and extensively altered 28
Colebrook (Colebrook Manor) 1903 demolished 9
Gray Gables (Brook House) 1905 demolished 4
Hillair 1905 extant, extensively altered 3
Penn-Ivy 1905 demolished 2
Low Walls (Roughwood) 1905 extant 9
Patton Residence (Ivy Lodge ) 1906 unknown 1
Penn-Acre (Prescott Hall) 1906 extant 3
Brentwood 1906 extant 5
Longmeadow (Suelena, Crawford Farm) 1907 demolished 10
Fred Stout residence before 1908 extant 3
Dove Lake Lodge (Dove Mill House (1913)?) before 1908 extant? 2
W. Plunkett Stewart residence before 1908 extant? 4
Lauraston before 1908 extant 2
Linlithgow (Highlands) 1908 extant 3
Falcon Hill 1908 extant 2020 4
Bella Vista after 1908 demolished 15
Westfield before 1908 extant 3
Colkenny 1909 demolished 17
Far-Away Farm 1909 demolished 2
Woodroyal (Woodroyd?) 1909 demolished 4
Fox-Hill 1909 extant 5
Sanderling 1909 demolished 12
Stoke Hall 1909 demolished 2
Arnecliffe 1910 extant 4
Hillcrest 1911 extant 9
Eastfield 1911 extant 3
Overview 1911 extant 9
Red Rose Manor (Red Rose Farm) 1911 demolished 3
Felton Bent Residence 1912 unknown 2
Pemfoerd-Patio 1912 demolished 4
Highfield (Liseter Hall, Beaumont) 1912 extant with extensive alteration 7
Willoughby 1913 extant; The Hearth at Drexel 2
Waverly Heights 1913 extant with renovations 2
Robert Heyl residence 1913 extant 2020 4
Windham (Colmar) 1914 extant 13
Donroven 1915 extant 5
Raynham 1915 demolished 2
Sogno Mio 1915 extant 3
Glenbrook (The Four Court?) 1916 unknown 6
Knollbrook (Camelot) 1917 extant 7
Lesselyn Court (Lauriston) 1917 demolished 14
Wynndown 1917 demolished 4
Clairemont 1917 demolished 2019 9
Jonathan Jenks residence before 1919 extant 2020 4
Maroebe 1920 demolished 2
Oakwell 1920 extant 16
Franklin D’Olier residence 1921 extant 3
Inwood 1921 extant 2
John McGlinn residence 1922 demolished? 3
Oaklands (Wooded Hill) 1925 extant 5
Barnes Foundation Gallery 1925 extant 1
Barn in Bryn Mawr before 1926 unknown 1
Lawrence D. Beggs residence 1926 unknown 5
La Tourelle 1926 extant 2
Highclere 1926 extant 10
Melville G. Curtis residence 1927 demolished 2
Appleford 1927 extant 5
Frederick Geiger residence 1927 extant 2
Woodleigh 1927 extant 3
La Ronda 1928 demolished 2009 21
Francis A. Lewis III residence about 1928 extant 2
Stonecroft (Skylands) 1928 extant 6
Chantonnay (Carrington) 1929 extant 7
Redwood 1929 demolished by 2019 6
Stoneylawn 1929 extant 3
Uphome (Mount Moro) 1929 extant 3
Joseph Baldwin residence 1930 extant 3
Cedar Crest (Dolobran (2)) 1930 extant 17
Glen Laurel 1930 extant 3
Isabel Long residence after 1930 extant 2
Edwin Wilmer residence 1932 extant 2020? 3
L’Abri 1933 extant 1
Rocky Crest about 1934 extant 3
Holly Manor before 1937 extant 2
Lesselyn (2) (Lesselyn Court) 1939 extant 11
John Packard Residence unknown unknown 1
Panmure Road House unknown demolished or drastically changed 1
Bally Willens unknown extant 1
Dunroven unknown demolished 2
House on Llanfair Road unknown unknown 1