Title: Penshurst Estate and Gardens of Percival Roberts, Gladwyne
Abstract: The 75-room mansion built c.1905 placed on 539 acres was designed by Peabody and Stearns of Boston; in addition to the house and gardens there was a working farm and dairy barns for immaculately kept Ayrshire cattle; according to legend, when Mr. Roberts lost a decision to the Lower Merion Township Commissioners with regard to the construction of a township incinerator whose tall smoke stack would be in his view, he and Bessye Roberts moved from the house to the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia; Mr. Roberts sold the house's paneling and artwork and had the house demolished
Keywords: Roberts, Percival/Penshurst Estate and Gardens/Peabody and Stearns/Lower Merion Township Commissioners/Gladwyne
Source: Lower Merion Historical Society Archives
Binder: 5
Collection: W. Robert Swartz