Whitemarsh Hall

An early aerial photo

 

 


The six-story mansion was patterned after Georgian mansions in England. To keep proportions correct, three stories were built underground. The main portico, the formal entrance on the northwest side, now approached from Paper Mill Road, is supported by massive limestone columns 50 feet tall.

 

Artemis Carved in Limestone

Photograph by Mattie Edwards Hewitt

 


Construction of Whitemarsh Hall began in 1916. On the afternoon of Saturday, October 8, 1921, Mrs. Stotesbury opened Whitemarsh Hall to society.

 

The Lower Fountain

Photograph by Mattie Edwards Hewitt

 


Estimates of the cost of the mansion, approached originally by a mile long driveway from an entrance gate on Willow Grove Avenue in Wyndmoor, ran from $2 million to $12 million

 

Formal Gardens

Clemenceau looked down the mile-long axial vista and was reminded of Versailles

Photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnston

 


On the second floor were the master bedrooms, two offices, a breakfast room and the many guest suites.

 

 
 

Formal Gardens

1924

 


The house contained 147 rooms, 45 bathrooms, three elevators, a 64-foot-long ballroom, an organ with three-story pipes, a gymnasium, a refrigerating plant, a movie theater and an extensive telephone system, and a game room where Mr. Stotesbury kept his billiard table and a slot machine.

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