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First 300 Photograph Collection

Title: Penshurst Estate and Gardens of Percival Roberts, Gladwyne
Source: Lower Merion Historical Society Archives
Collection: First 300
Date: 2000
Binder #: 5
Image #: 248-1
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
Item Number: 763
Keywords: Roberts, Percival/ Penshurst Estate and Gardens/ Peabody and Stearns/ Lower Merion Township Commissioners/ Gladwyne