I went to visit the mansion around the same time that the 1979 pictures were taken. It was a very moving experience and I also found it very eerie. Although I was not causing any damage, someone did call the police on me and I was asked to leave the property. To this day, I remember those feelings I experienced on the grounds. When I found out about the demolition, I was crushed.... How could a piece of history like this be taken away? I enjoyed reading your articles and looking through all of your pictures. Thanks for the memories!
Brett Baker (
North Wales, PA USA - Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 22:04:36 EST

Great Homepage. I've created a homepage with a lot of "Engelbrecht's" from all over the world. I wonder, where I can find this name throughout Germany. I'm wishing you a happy new year.
Hans Engelbrecht (
Bad Salzflen, Germany - Sunday, December 24, 2000 at 12:41:43 EST

Dear Diana, I love your web page and, as an old birder, am really impressed by your life list. I have a granddaughter, also 17, who is also very enthusiastic about camping, and especially backpacking. I don't know whether you have ever had a pen pal but I thought you two might enjoy sharing your experiences. I'm not sure of her e-mail address but her mother's is <imerrifield@hotmail.com> My granddaughter's name is Kelly Merrifield and she lives in Davidson, North Carolina. You have started on some life interests that you will find fulfilling, at least until you are 77. Good luck to you. I've bookmarked your page and I'll be checking in for your next chapter. I should tell you I found your Website when I searched for Brigantine because my daughter who just moved to Marlton, NJ and I are making plans to go see the snow geese soon.
Libby Merrifield 
Elizabeth Merrifield (
Cresskill, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 11:24:32 EST

Gerry, Forgot to send our e-mail address. Feel free to send a message to Cam.
Camelia Cardamone (jcardamone1@juno.com)
Melbourne, FL USA - Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 23:18:54 EST

Hi! I am here in Florida. Arrived safely. We are enjoying looking at the family tree. Hope you have a good holiday. Talk to you soon. Cam
Camelia Cardamone (
Conshohocken, PA USA - Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 23:14:44 EST

This site is great! I grew up wondering in and out of the mansion. The day they tore down the mansion part of my childhood was taken away with it. The reason I found this site was because of a PBS show "things that are not there anymore" I started thinking of the mansion so I decided to look it up on the net. Thank You Good Job
Carl Rosa (
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Monday, December 11, 2000 at 01:23:21 EST

While searching the Net for sites on Trumbauer, I came across the 'Whitemarsh Hall' site. What a find! Some 25 years ago, I spotted the photo of 'Whitemarsh Hall' on the cover of 'The Twilight of Splendor' by James T. Maher. I bought the book and became a fan of Horace Trumbauer. Although the destruction of 'Whitemarsh Hall' is a monumental disgrace, one can gain a very good appreciation of Trumbauer's work by a visit to 'Shadow Lawn' in West Long Branch, NJ. Now part of Monmouth University, it can be toured whenever the school is open. Built by Hubert T. Parson, president of F.W. Woolworth Co. in 1927-29, the house, with 126 rooms, has many of the features of 'Whitemarsh Hall,' only on a slightly smaller scale. It is used for classes, so one must imagine the furnishings. The House was used as Daddy Warbucks mansion in the film, 'Annie.' Again, thanks for a great Website!
James T. McNamara (
Saddle Brook, NJ USA - Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 16:03:04 EST

I grew up on Stotesbury Ave. just "down the hill" from the Stotesbury mansion, about 1969. What a great neighborhood; we used to explore the mansion all the time. I had been all over that place including the 2 sub-basements (I think the 3rd one was flooded) and the roof. I actually had a concrete baluster up until last year when one of my moving guys accidentally broke it. Thanks so much for your site....a great trip!!
Howard K. (
Haworth, NJ USA - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 16:56:36 EST

Thanks for putting this together, I grew up in wyndmoor and was about 9 years old when they tore down the mansion. My friends and I used to ride our bikes down to the mansion and walk around it. It was indeed an awesome place. I always felt like there were ghosts there and I was scared to walk up the steps. I spent about an hour looking at your site, remembering what it was like to stand inside the front door. It's good to know that this site is here and we can remember it as it was. Thanks again
Rich Westcott (
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 20:56:31 EST

What a great site. I just bought a house on Trumbauer Drive and have been very interested in the history of the area. I would love to get my hands on a print of the mansion in its heyday. Do you sell prints of any of your photos, or know where I could find them?
Jennifer Bilotta (
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 17:02:29 EST

What a fascinating trip down memory lane. I grew up in Mt. Airy and our big summer adventure was to pack a lunch, some flash lights, and ride our bikes to Stotesbury for the day. I always was and still am amazed with the estate. How could such an incredible structure be left to ruin as it did. Thank you for a great trip,"I'll be back"
Bill Guldin (
Abington , Pa USA - Monday, November 27, 2000 at 06:19:52 EST

Great site, Gerry! You've done a tremendous job. Wondering if you would consider adding the Stotesbury family tree to the site. There are many of us who would love to see it. I am trying to determine our family connection. I know my grandfather (back a few gens) was born 1780 and died/buried 10/1826 in Beacon, NY. Don't know of his birthplace or parentage....or of any connection to the Phil clan. Any info would be appreciated!
Barbara Ann Stotesbury (Dabroski) (
Newburgh, NY USA - Monday, November 27, 2000 at 05:41:05 EST

My mother's family were PARLATO, originally from Acireale, Sicily. see the Parlato family tree on:
What is your family connection to the Parlato family of Malta?
Raphael J. Camilleri Parlato (
Sliema, Malta - Europe - Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 06:34:36 EST

My mother and father were born and raised in Soveria Mennilli. My mother's maiden name was Flora Colossimo
her sisters are Jemma, Olga, Maria, Jacomina, brothers are Ugo, and Gigetto. If you knew or know my family in Soveria Mannelli please send me an e-mail.
Lorenzo Damiano Jr. (
Midland Park, NJ USA - Friday, November 24, 2000 at 13:32:38 EST

I grew up in Mt. Airy in the late 60's early 70's around Temple stadium on Vernon rd. One of our great summer adventures was to pack a lunch and ride our bikes to Stotesbury mansion. We would spend the whole day exploring the estate and grounds, and hide from the police when they would show up!!! The magnitude of that place will forever live in my memories, I still drive through now and then just to reminise. My thanks to you for a job well done!!!
Bill Guldin (
Abington, Pa USA - Friday, November 24, 2000 at 09:35:59 EST

Like a great wine this web site has wonderful depth, complexity, and substance. Very enjoyable and it keeps you coming back for more!
New Hope, PA USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 17:18:33 EST

Hi Gerry. Thank you for putting this site together. It is just amazing how much information you have on here, and at our disposal whenever the family wishes to see it. Thank you so much for spending all the time that you did on this project. I'm sure you realize how special this is to all the family's concerned. God bless you and your family. Scott,Becky,Ethan Miller
Scott E. Miller (
Blandon, PA USA - Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at 16:37:51 EST

Thanks for this fantastic view of Whitemarsh Hall
Glenn S (
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 22:28:11 EST

My father is Anthony Morasco age 95 years old.
Antoinette Morasco Berube
USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 16:48:51 EST

I believe that my ancestor, John Kepler, built the original home of your family that was taken down when they built Pastorius Park in 1915. Do you have any photos of that home? Thanks in advance.
Nancy Geasey (ngeasey@netcrafters.net)
Myersville, MD USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 14:33:13 EST

I would like to share a little nostalgia or memories with you about the Stotesbury Estate. In the early 30"s and 40"s I lived in Mount Airy with my Aunt and Uncle ( my parents were dead). My Aunt had a sister (Marion McCarthy) whose husband was George. George McCarthy was a chauffeur for the Stotesbury's and lived in the gatehouse on Willow Grove Ave. I used to spend my summers living with them. They had two children Bud and Peggy about my age. During the winter they stayed in Florida with the Stotesbury's. I was very young at the time probably around 5 or 6 so I do not remember much. I do remember the gate house, what a beautiful home. A beautiful living room and dining room in the front and kitchen in the rear.3 large bedrooms upstairs. A covered porch in the rear where we use to sit in the summer and eat corn on the cob and drink ice tea. We use to play in the fields in the back facing Cheltenham Ave. Across the driveway in the front of the house (probably around Montgomery Ave were all kinds of ruit trees which we helped ourselves to. Up the drive toward the hall (we use to call it the big house) probably around Patten Road was a swimming pool with a bath house which we were allowed to use. I remember my Uncle talking about the cromwells, dodges, dukes. I was only in the hall once. My Uncle took me one day. we had to go in the back way and were only allowed in certain parts. The pictures brought back great memories. What a beautiful Estate. Bob Allison, 3459 Holyoke Road, Phila, Pa.,19114. 215-464-4016.
Robert Allison (
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Phila, Pa USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 10:32:23 EST

Great Whitemarsh Hall information. Particularly great are the construction photo's! I made some images there before the demolition - about 1,500 or so, all B&W, and had a show at the American Institute of Architects of same in the early 80's. I'd be happy to share them.
Mark Conti (
Ambler, PA USA - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 17:06:53 EST

Wow! That brought back some memories of the 70's. Friends & family taking a ride on a moon-lit night, sneaking up and exploring the mansion. Dodging the police and meeting up with other groups of people. Thanks for the history & photos.
Linda (
Pa USA - Monday, October 30, 2000 at 19:53:30 EST

I grew up at 1201 Stotesbury Avenue and was absolutely delighted to discover your site, quite serendipitously, while looking up some information about the Vanderbilt family estates. The Stotesbury mansion had an extraordinary mystique and allure for the neighborhood kids, and like many of your other "guests," I enjoyed the reverie of childhood. I'm still nostalgic about sneaking onto the property and playing in the empty fountains, poking at the terracotta crockery in the greenhouse, jumping in piled-up autumn leaves. It's so sad that this wonderful "white elephant" couldn't be sustained and preserved, but you've made sure it's not forgotten. Thanks for sharing the trip down memory lane. 
Aimee Lee Ball (
New York, NY USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 20:06:53 EST

rickey friend and we are cooking sauce!
mike loveless (
ft. wayne, in USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 14:38:06 EST

Dear Gerry, I must say that this site has been one of the truly great logons that I've checked since getting my computer this last May. I have had a profound interest in the works of Horace Trumbauer since the early 1990's when a casual discussion of Phila landmarks took place at work. It actually began with questions on the the old JFK stadium and it's historical reference which some of us were interested in finding out about. I in turn made a trip the Allentown, Pa. library to check out books showing information on this site and in the course of looking and reading about numerous phila landmarks I spotted a arial photo of Lynnwood Hall and recalled stumbling on it in 1977 while in the Elkins Park area. Thus the saga began for to try and locate this mansion as well a the quoted "Whitemarsh Hall by Trumbauer for the Stotesburys. It began a quest to see, photograph and savor what was still existing. The sad finding of the demise of Whitemarsh Hall proper was a heartbreaker to say the least about this great mansion and estate grounds. I spent some time in the development and looming over the vegistal remains of it's once soaring presence and have been grateful to find your website. I did collect much information from the Free library that Trumbauer designed and the great sounce of material and archival photographs that the Springfield township library has to offer. James Maher's book was also a great find as well as other sources of information on Whitemarsh Hall and the Horace Trumbauer legacy. Your website is a great culmination source of information on this genre and I thank you so much for you effort to compile the wealth of information. Should I be lucky to find anything covering Whitemarsh Hall or the Stotesbury heritage that you've not encountered I will be most happy to share that with you. Most of my photos taken in the 1992-1993 period of Whitemarsh Hall mommentos and other Trumbauer work is generally similar to what you have on the site but I can e-mail some of them if you wish to put them in your collections. Thanks again and keep the great work alive in our hearts and minds to enjoy over and over. Sincerely, William Ashley Cooper P.O. Box 1725 Allentown, Pa. 18105
William Ashley Cooper (
Allentown, PA USA - Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 19:26:27 EDT

Hi Gerri, I've dropped in now and again over the past year or two to see what more amazing details you've added to the site -- always worth a visit! If I ever manage to get to Pennsylvania, you can guess a few of the physical sites/sights that'll be on my list! One question occurred to me recently -- have you ever come across any film, as opposed to photographic, archive material connected with the Stotesbury estate in its heyday or after? All the best from the east of Finland, John Stotesbury
John A Stotesbury (
Joensuu, Finland - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 03:54:47 EDT

I enjoyed the photos on your websight. Maybe I will run into you at Heinz NWR sometime.
Denis Brennan (
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 13:18:34 EDT

Thank you so much for trip down memory lane! My sister, brother and I all went to Whitemarsh around the late seventies. We, of course, had to go at night but it was such a spectacular sight. To be able to see Whitemarsh Hall from the beginning to it's sad ending, was truly an awesome experience. I hope this stays on the web for a long time!
Bill Master (
Harleysville, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 17:32:45 EDT

This website is great. I was looking because my maternal grandparents (Agostino Cardarelli and Domitila Vitale) left Ovindoli and settled in Avezzano after the earthquake of 1915. They lived on Via Castello, probably number 6 or number 12. I have relatives who still live there. I noticed that the name Ciacia is included in your ancestry. Is it Ciacia or Ciaccia? My maternal grandfather wrote his mother's name with two "C"s. Her maiden name was Teresa Ciaccia. My great-grandmother's father was Giuseppe Ciaccia of ill repute because he was a brigand. In spite of this, I admire him because he was an outlaw as the result of not wanting to serve in the army of the Bourbon King of the Two Sicilies. Either he or one of his Ciaccia ancestors came from Celano. Thank you kindly,
E(lvio) Al Rosati d'Ovindoli (
Sterling Heights, MI USA - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 20:30:37 EDT

hey cousins! This is so weird. my name is Rosa Marasco, I am eighteen years old and i live in Calgary Alberta Canada. I was just performing an ego-search on the net with my name, and behold! I see my own name with a whole family tree behind it. My father and mother are from Calabria and their names are Giovanni Marasco and Katerina Talerico. My father's father was Antonio (Bosco) Marasco. That is about all I know of my heritage from my father's side, but surely I must be related to yu guys some how. Well take care, Ciao.
Rosa Marasco (
Calgary, AB, Canada - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 18:19:29 EDT

Fabulous site!
Ted Wood Jr. (
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 11:09:24 EDT

What a wonderful site! I love the pictures of Earl Spencer and you and you look beautiful in your medieval gown.
Wendy Zollo (
Boston, MA USA - Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 07:52:13 EDT

Gerry.. some of us would like to see more humans in your photo gallery :)
Peter (
Colorado Springs, Co USA - Friday, October 13, 2000 at 21:41:19 EDT

I want to know my family tree. My grandfather born in Italy (near Rome) and his name are ERNESTO CUTARELLI. He come to Brasil in 1892 or 1893 and his father and mother call PIETRO CUTARELLI and MAGDALENA CACCINI. My grandfather Ernesto had a sister VIRGINIA (italian to). Everyone are died. Thank for any information. 
Wladimir CUTARELLI (
Recife - Pernambuco, PE Brasil - Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 20:10:32 EDT

So much to see....it's taken me awhile to sign your book. I find some new thing to be amazed at each time I come here. Each time my life touches yours there is a new discovery. What is this? I do not understand. I hope to meet you someday - face to face.
Estelle Phelan (
Fort St. John B.C , Canada - Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 13:43:54 EDT

A work of genius...Toured the mansion when Pennsalt was there...but viewing it as it was in it's days of glory, furnishings and all, was a treat. One small thing...the type is so faint it is very difficult to read, but other than that...superb!
david kogan (
wyndmoor, pa USA - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 14:51:57 EDT

Very Nice! Love the Photos......Your Daughter is very pretty too.
Robyn (
Voorhees, NJ USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 21:32:31 EDT

Hi Gerry, I came upon your website and your photographs are beautiful. I have been to some places such as the Appalachian trail. Nice photos to be had there to. Just wanted to say that I enjoyed my visit here. Take care.
Robin Marinari (
Pottstown, Pa USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 10:21:57 EDT

Gerry, What a beautiful site. I lived in the Stotesbury townhouses from 1986 - 1994 (Springfield High, class of '87). I have seen some photos of Whitemarsh Hall, but never photos that told such an amazing story. I actually felt tears in my eyes when I saw the "after" photos of the once pristine architecture being over-run by weeds. I had the same sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I felt when I saw the movie "Titanic". Something too beautiful to believe, and it was taken away from us too soon. I will share your site with others.
Jill Kozol (
King of Prussia, PA USA - Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 11:17:12 EDT

What a wonderful site, I have put it in my favorites, hope to visit again. What w great time I had, as an Interior Designer it was wonderful. It is so sad that places like the ones I visited on you site are no more, what a great lose for all of us. Thank You so very much for letting me know about your site. It was beautiful. Sincerely,
Christine Castorani (
Downingtown, Pa USA - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 20:49:20 EDT

great site. what a pitty succh a treasure could not have been saved.
todd and tonya breslow (
wyndmoor, pa USA - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 00:35:28 EDT

I'm not sure how I found this site but it was a great trip back into my childhood. I grew up in Wyndmoor and spent alot of time being chased away from the mansion by Sgt. Boyle, who was not exactly Officer Friendly. Seeing the pictures reminded me of what an incredible place it was and what a tragedy it was to let it be demolished. I remember the air raid siren that was on the roof of the mansion that was tested every Saturday at noon during the Cold War years. I remember exploring the tunnels that ran under the fountains. It was a great place and I enjoyed the pictures. I also enjoyed reading the guest book-some of the names seemed familiar. I'll be a frequent visitor.
Tom Sulivan (
Maple Glen, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 09:13:12 EDT

What a site! This is truly and easily one of the best sites I have ever visited. The mood is so strong. I enjoy it so much. It reminds me my favorite poem from the bible "What is man but a phantom walking the earth, his days are but a handbreadth and his victories mere vanity in the eyes of the lord" Please tell what happened to the woman you were in love with from the 1979 pictures. Respectfully
Joseph Thomas (
Joseph_K_ Thomas@Vanguard.com)
Havertown, pa USA - Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 17:09:20 EDT

This is a very beautiful page. Respect! I'bookmarked it. The very day I get a URL of my own, I'll ask you how you managed. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of American Nature. You must be proud.
Robert Jakob (
LA, Germany - Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 18:39:20 EDT

Wow. Flashbacks galore! Got a call from my best friend Bob last night about this website. He lived in Mt. Airy on Forrest Ave. I lived across from Erdenheim Elementary in Flourtown for 15 years. When we weren't playing streetball at the Water Tower, or trekking through Wissahickon Park's trails, we both spent a few exciting days and nights, um, well, trying to elude the Springfield law enforcement brigade. I loved that mansion. I, too have memories of the large fountain out back. I can still feel the cool metal of the statues, and the smell of the laboratories in the basements. And how many of us remember the stories about "Frankenstein's Tomb", the deep tunnel running from the back of the courtyard all the way under the fountain? I never knew where that tunnel ended up -- and still don't!! Thanks for reminding me of my roots, and those pictures are exceptional. 
David Hawsey (
Albion, MI USA - Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 07:25:38 EDT

Greetings. I have to complement you on the site, especially the pictures of the mansion. I don't live in that area nor have I ever, but the building is of an interest to me nonetheless. Thank you for the enriching content.
Azmodan (
- Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 20:50:03 EDT

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for your web page devoted to Stotesbury Mansion. Like yourself, my friends and I (we grew up in Philly) used to trek to the old mansion and walk through the huge house and walk the gardens. I was completely enthralled by this mansion, I would walk through and touch things trying to get a feel for a past presence. I would envision its former grandeur and place myself in that era. I loved that place and was very disappointed by the demolition. I recall in 1977 a friend of mine found a book devoted to the Stotesbury Mansion complete with pictures, but I have not been able to locate that book. I was just surfing the web and decided to look up Stotesbury and VOILA! there is was, thank you so much for your efforts. One of my regrets is that we never took a camera on our trips to the mansion. Oh, and one other thing, one time while there we were actually caught by the police. Just a lil extra thrill. Thank you once again
Michele (
Yardley, PA USA - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 22:35:36 EDT

I carry the DeFilippis last name (roots from Bernardsville, NJ and Sicily)... was just curious! Great web site!!
Patricia Ann DeFilippis Bolio (
Patti 5712@aol.com)
Cary, NC USA - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 16:34:02 EDT

Gerry, I think you deserve the first Pulitzer Prize for web pages based upon your Stotesbury web page. My son
David R. sent me the link as he and his sisters (Lauren and Lynne) played there since we lived at 1102 Stotesbury
Avenue until we left for Japan in 1966. Thank you so much for all your detailed effort and elegant execution.
Dave W. Friedman (
El Sobrante, CA USA - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 01:08:48 EDT

Siamo agli inizi del'900. Tre giovani frarelli, Michelangelo, Francesco e Maria Rosa decidono di lasciare il paese natìo, Rivello, i loro legami d'affetto, per emigrare in Brasile e costruirsi lì un futuro, altrimenti negato dalla povertà. Un discendente ne racconta con passione la storia, addentrandosi anche nelle vicende storiche di Rivello. Sito in portoghese, in previsione le versioni italiana ed inglese.
Autore di sito : Marco Tulio Pettinato Pereira
Indirizzo : Caixa Postal 172 - Águas de Lindóia - SP
CEP 13940-970
Marco Tulio Pettinato Pereira (
Aguas de Lindóia - Brasile, SP Brasile - Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 11:21:35 EDT

What a marvelous production--a real contribution to the limited information available about these grand country houses and great works of architecture! I'll cite your site in a book currently in preparation about Boldt Castle at the Thousand Islands.
Paul Malo (
Fulton, NY USA - Monday, September 04, 2000 at 13:48:46 EDT

my grandfather I was told was from somewhere in calabria. he settled in germantown philadelphia PA. He was born in 1847. His name was Angelo Sherafina Morasco or Morosco. The family goes by Morasco my birth certificate say's Morosco.
merlin, or USA - Sunday, September 03, 2000 at 18:55:31 EDT

I just wanted to stop by and say what a great web site! One night, my boyfriend and I were walking around his neighborhood (which is Stotesbury Manor) and he showed me what he calls "the ruins." I remember just standing there and looking up at the columns in the moonlight. It took my breath away. I felt something while looking up at these "ruins", not knowing what stood there originally. I hopped on the computer to look up anything I could find. To my amazement, I found your web site and the information about Whitemarsh Hall (Stotesbury Mansion). Your website is wonderful and really tells the full history of the mansion to it's demise. I wish I had been around before the demolition to see the mansion in whole, but your website comes pretty close! Thank you so much!
Kristin DeWitt (
Marlton, NJ USA - Sunday, September 03, 2000 at 18:10:17 EDT

Wow, great site! I remember as a kid of about 16 (I'm on my 40s now) "visiting" the haunted house called the Stotesbury mansion. I was driving recently on Paper Mill Road and saw the gatehouse, and immediately thought of the old mansion, I had to stop and gaze at it, guess what street I used to turn around... Stotesbury Avenue, sure enough I had been here as a young boy. I was working that day so I came back the next weekend and drove around the neighborhood, I saw the columns still standing in someones back yard. It was real cool reliving those memories for a short time. I then did a web search on the mansion and found your wonderful site, Great job, the photo history, fantastic. Again, thanks for the memories.
Here's my web site:

Bill (soberbyker1@worldlynx.net)
Lansdowne, PA USA - Saturday, September 02, 2000 at 08:13:50 EDT

Se avessi fortuna di girare questo mondo...
P. Maximus (
Melbourne, FL USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 21:25:50 EDT

Hi Gerry, I just want to know how much I enjoyed your website. I am from the Roxbourgh-Manayunk I never saw the mansion myself only pictures of it but my sister said her and her friends were up there when they were teenagers in the late seventies. My mother and I were just driving around there recently I was curious to see where it might have been. We went on Stotesbury Ave I didn't realize we were driving right on the old estate. Its a shame nobody wanted to preserve the old mansion it would have been nice to walk through it to see a bit of history.
Pat Williams (pat4015@att.net)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 21, 2000 at 09:44:52 EDT

Gerry A recent trip to Newport made be remember going Stotebury a few times while going to Spring Garden College. I had to look it up for comparison with the Breakers. A local from Flourtown (Bill Pronzato) whose father was the local Pharmacists in Wyndmoor told us about it. It was already in bad shape when I saw it but a priest from my home town had a photo album that where very much like your own. The priest said that he visited there many time as a kid growing up in Germantown in the era of the Kelly's. Thank you so much for this. Brian
Brian Pokrzywa (
Woodstown, NJ USA - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 18:59:23 EDT

Great site Gerry! I grew up in Cheltenham and was caught a few times hanging around Stotesbury.. we were always fascinated by the mansions. I have been to Whitemarsh Hall once that I recall.. those old buildings have a wonderful romantic story to tell. Thanks for posting it! - Karen
Karen Bellezza (
good italian name huh?)
Horsham, PA USA - Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 12:44:11 EDT

A recent visit to the mansions in Newport made me think about good old Whitemarsh Hall, and I then discovered your wonderful site. How sad that we couldn't do for our local treasure what the city of Newport did for all of their's (but then their owners left huge endowments to maintain the houses). My earliest recollection of WH is going there as a child in the early 60s for some sort of party with my parents. Can't remember what it could've been for, but I do recall gorgeous tapestries on the walls and knights in armor. I guess Pennwalt kept certain areas maintained as "museum areas". Anyone have any more information on this? A more recent memory was meeting a fellow at college who when told I was from Wyndmoor, said, "Oh, my great grandfather had a home in Wyndmoor - Whitemarsh Hall." I think my jaw must've dropped! Thanks for the memories!
Amy (Shaffer) Chalmers (
Annapolis, MD USA - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 13:27:42 EDT

Hi, I stumbled onto your site while searching for something on the area I grew up in. I went thru almost the intire web page. I remember walking to Wyndmoor school and passing the gate house to the Stotesbury Mansion and seeing the mansion in the distance and as my sister, Janet Kunz remembers, picking violets and blue bottles on the grounds. I was recently in the area with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and they were impressed by just the gate house on Willow Grove Ave. I wish they could have seen the mansion. This must be about the third time I've been to your web site and I plan to return as often as I please, thanks.
Anne (Brown) Didier 
Anne Didier (
Palos Park, Il USA - Saturday, August 05, 2000 at 10:04:35 EDT

Great site....graduated from Hatboro-Horsham in 1970, we used to sneak on the grounds in search of the 'ghosts'. probably another urban legend, although we also chased to ghost of General Keith off County Line Rd. in Horsham. On trips to Germantown to visit relatives and driving down Willow Grove Ave, we could glimpse the mansion. With relatives in South Philly and Horsham, I still get to the area. Last trip down Willow Grove Ave, and noticed the mansion was gone. Confirmed with Terraserver that the mansion had been razed. Another link to our receding youth is gone. Thanks for the work and research.
Armand Rubbo (
Rescue, VA USA - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 16:57:24 EDT

I just stumbled to your site while I was searching for Avezzano which is 24Km. from Ovindoli the town I was born. I went to school in Avezzano and went there almost daily till the day I emigrated to Canada. Of course I know that there are many Spallone in Avezzano but never came across your other family members names. By the way, I went through your web site completely, even through the big mansion, and I found very sad that the richest Nation on earth, could not find enough money to keep one of their heritage from the bulldozers, very sad indeed. That is one of the reasons that makes me a proud Italian you see Italy has more monuments and heritage sites than most of the countries on earth (3000 years +/- few ) yet it is trying to preserve them all at a great cost mind you, but it is doing it, they don't call the dozer as soon as there isn't a buck to be made. I am sorry for my tirade but I couldn't resist when I saw a such beautiful heritage home gone for ever, only the pictures are left, sad, sad, sad.

Adesso un po d'Italiano:
Prima di tutto mi scusi per il mio inglese, se ho fatto degli errori, ma il mio problema e' che ho cominciato ad impararlo quando avevo 27 anni. Come vede siamo quasi paesani, perche' Ovindoli ed Avezzano sono vicinissimi e per di piu' anche io ho mio nonno sepolto a San Leandro CA. lui mori in un incidente automobilistico il 4 luglio 1935, mio zio rimase ferito ma sopravvisse l'incidente per poi morire di cancer nel 1963.

Hope I didn't bother you with my long message and thanks for your beautiful web page.
Ciao, Ciao for now Yours truly:
Giuseppe Iacovitti (
Ottawa, On CANADA - Monday, July 24, 2000 at 02:19:13 EDT

I really enjoyed the photos and stories about Whitemarsh Hall. While living in willow Grove, PA, I became fastinated with one of those old mansions. The Widener mansion (off York Road in Elkins Park, PA) is not on the scale of Whitemarsh Hall, but it does give a glimps of the same era. The grounds are overgrown and the house neglected, but it still in private hands. I do hope it is restored someday - it's probably the last of its kind in the area.
Robert Terry (
Joppa, MD USA - Friday, July 21, 2000 at 16:42:52 EDT

We think the Mansion is divine!! The plans were really interesting and we will probably come and visit one day.
Great site.
Nick and Han (
Telford, England, UK - Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 13:27:40 EDT

I was looking up my mother's surname and found your page. My mom's name is Spallone and that side came here in the late 1800's first to NY and some settled in Phila. My great-grandfather Donato spallone came to Phila. Your site's interesting.
katie (
bellmawr, nj USA - Monday, July 17, 2000 at 23:59:20 EDT

Hi Gerry, This is a great site. I grew up in Wyndmoor and you could see the mansion from our front door. I told my sister about this website and she was just thrilled. She remembers more then I do. I grew up on Marshall Road and my grandmom stills lives in Wyndmoor on Flourtown ave. This brought back alot of childhood memories and I really enjoyed reading the guest books. I am related to the Serianni family and it was interesting to see alot of familiar names. I will be visiting this site again.
Becky (
North Wales, Pa USA - Monday, July 17, 2000 at 11:43:22 EDT

Hi Gerry. This is a great website!! growing up in Wyndmoor as a teenager I had an obsession with the mansion walking around the grounds wishing I could have seen it when... Thanks for all of the great pictures!! My friends and I would go to Stotesbury Mansion as much as we could!! Walking on the roof running around outside and inside!! Taking pictures with statues... The photos of the demolition brought tears to my eyes...This is again a GREAT website with lots of history and lots of awesome memories!!
Cindy (
Broomall, PA USA - Saturday, July 15, 2000 at 22:07:25 EDT

What a wonderful site! My great-grandfather was the head electrician at Whitemarsh Hall until his death in 1939. My grandmother grew up on the fringes of this estate and shared many wonderful stories about the place she called the 'Stotesbury Mansion'. Thank you for bringing it to visual life for me and my family!
Best Wishes!
Kris (
Havertown, PA USA - Saturday, July 15, 2000 at 10:33:45 EDT

Hi, What a wonderful site. It truly brought back memories for me. I grew up in Wyndmoor on Pleasant Ave. I went to Wyndmoor School. My mother; Adelaide Ward Brown, Aunt; Sister Mary Frieda Ward, Aunt; Anna Ward Lehmann, Uncle; James Moore Ward, Uncle; John Craig Ward, and Uncle; Richard Chapman Ward, all grew up on Campbell Lane in the "old farmhouse". As a youngster, I spent many happy days on the grounds of the Stotesbury Estate. I swung on the long limbs of the willow trees near the pond, walked the beautiful road past the old Cromwell Home (which had burnt down in a fire) and up to the mansion. I picked violets and blue bottles. Often, I would eat lunch at my friend's house on Southampton Avenue and she and I would walk back to the Wyndmoor School short cutting through the Stotesbury Estate. (If you ever read this Mimi...didn't we have fun?) I am almost 64 years old now and although I have lived in Utah and now Arizona I will always have my memories of Wyndmoor, friends and neighbors and of course the Stotesbury Estates. Hey, Gig and Duke do you remember riding the old elevator in the Cromwell House? Thank you for a nostalgic trip. I still love Wyndmoor, the Memorial Day Parade, Wyndmoor Fair, Minstrel Shows at the Fire House and playing "baby in the air", "red rover", hop scotch and pavement ball on the pavement in front of my house. What a wonderful place to grow up.
Janet Brown Kunz (
Page, AZ USA - Friday, July 07, 2000 at 02:05:26 EDT

as a teenager in the mid 70's i used to visit the mansion. i could never understand why people vandelized this beautiful treasure. i would spend hours walking the grounds. trying to imagine what it would like in is glory days. i have been looking for info. for many years your site has provided me with a wealth of information. for this i thank you. my last trip to the estate was somewhere around the end of the year 1978 in which i was asked to leave by the local police. i knew then i would never see this wonderful display of wealth again. thanks for the memories.
cpswiing (
philadelphia, pa USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 22:47:12 EDT

Great web site! A very classy presentation on Whitemarsh Hall. Do you have any data on the surname SOPRANO?
Blondie (
NY USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 15:51:38 EDT

I am researching the COLANGELO surname and I would greatly appreciate any information anyone may have to offer. 
Tony Colangelo (
WV USA - Monday, June 26, 2000 at 01:06:17 EDT

In college in the late 60s we frequently visited the Stotesbury estate and played wondered through it's many rooms. We use to like to go up on the third floor and look out the window in the portico. At that time there was an old caretaker and although the place was in disrepair it still had it's brass fittings in the gorgeous showers that sprayed from all sides and the mirror on the staircase was intact. Thanks for your web site it brought back fond memories.
Rosemary H. Smith (
Langhorne, Pa USA - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 00:14:44 EDT

BALDWINSVILLE, NY USA - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 15:13:57 EDT

What an interesting website! For years I've been interested in the history of Whitemarsh Hall, having seen it every day while driving to college in the early sixties. I drove up to the house in the early seventies, mostly out of curiosity, only to find the doors wide open and the interior in sad shape. The staircase was still intact and the beautiful marble fireplaces were in place, but it was evident that the house was being vandalized and whoever owned it really did not care about its future. I doubt if Whitemarsh Hall would have suffered the same fate had it been built in Europe. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse of what their world must have been like, an era that will never be repeated.
K. Ford (
Ambler, PA USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 01:09:54 EDT

Hello Gerry, A very nicely done biography of the Stotesbury mansion and estate and done with such class that i am sure the family would be proud of. I remember hearing so much about it in my youth. I grew up in Roxborough and never thought to visit the lovely dame and frankly I did not even know where it was. But it was such a sad ending to such a wonderful guilded era mansion. Hey...Check out the stonework at the Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street in Mount Airy, it still has the dedication plaque from Ed Stotesbury. Thanks for such a good job i thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Tom Gannon (
Flourtown, pa USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 23:31:39 EDT

Wow, what a trip back in time. No one spent more time at Stotesbury than myself and my friends. We had a ball there for years, we never hurt anything just hung out and the police never came by. It was so much fun, looking at your photos. I went to Seven Dolors in the 50's, anyone else out there who did the same. Again Thanks.
Bob Armstrong (
Dallas, Austin, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, TX USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 12:23:01 EDT

I saw my surname in your list, and who knows if I fit in. My Grandfather, Louis Pascuzzi emigrated from Reggio Calabria in 1920 to Carbondale PA, They then moved to Danbury, Ct where he resided until his death in 1966, we also have many cousins in Melbourne,Au. Are there any Pascuzzi's out there that might have known Pascuzzi's in Carbondale? I love your site. 
Louis Pascuzzi (
Danbury, ct USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 23:16:54 EDT

Mr. Stotesbury was a member of the Bachelor's Barge Club in Philadelphia and served as its president for a few years in the early 1920s. His portrait, which he commissioned, still hangs at the clubhouse. The club itself is approaching its 150th anniversity. It continues on with a membership of some 80 Philadelphia gentlemen much the same as in Stotesbury's time. Stories of Stotesbury excessiveness still abound. Congratulations on an excellent web site, truly unique and reflective of your personal warmth and involvement. Perhaps you come down to the Bachelor's Barge and give an after dinner presentation on Whitemarsh. 
R. M. Madden (
Media, Pa USA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 13:21:08 EDT

It's wonderful how you've captured your family history. I only wish my relatives were alive today so that I can ask about our family and all the history about our town of Cansano, Provincia di Aquila. Most of my relatives have all passed on and it seems that we can only hope that we can read and learn from sites like yours. Thanks again for such a wonderful job.
Rose Cuoppolo (
Toronto, Ontario, Ca Canada - Friday, May 12, 2000 at 15:13:53 EDT

Beautiful and very well done site! Yes, the old mansions were wonderful, and it's a shame this one is gone. Early in your site you mention the other very wealthy men of the era, among them Mr. Elkins for whom Elkins Park was named. I'm not sure if you're aware, the but Horace Trumbauer also designed Mr. Elkin's home on Ashbourn Rd. Like Whitemarsh, it would have been abandoned. But in the early 1930's, a group of Dominican nuns bought it and turned it into a retreat house. Women's retreats are held there almost every weekend all year round. You can stroll the 43 acres of still beautiful grounds and spend the weekend enjoying the splendor of the mansion and just take time to find some peace in today's crazy world. If you want to catch a glimpse of what it must have been like at Whitemarsh 75 years ago, give the retreat house a call and arrange a visit. They welcome anyone. You can reach them at (215) 782-8520.
Beth (
Mullica Hill, NJ USA - Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 16:33:21 EDT

Wonderful site. I came across it looking for a mansion to set a mystery story in and ended up looking at every page. Your comments remind me of how I loved exploring old churches as a kid (and still do). But perhaps what struck me the most was the huge waste -- all that money and time on a place that was only used for about 40 years. Crazy. Hope you're doing well.
Frank Hussey (
Olympia, WA USA - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 04:25:50 EDT

Quite an impressive site; very thorough job, and it works amazingly well on the Macintosh too. You have a talent for weaving the history of these great houses with recollections and documents into a fine tapestry of a bygone era. We have virtually hundreds of such storied houses here on Long Island -- come work your magic here!
Lance Christopher Rohde (
Gleh Head, NY USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 12:57:14 EDT

wow!, great site, I love old homes and the history that goes with them, and this one had it all. what a shame that it could not have been saved, or at least more of it's out buildings and structures. your time has been well spent on it, hope those you have something to add do, it is very interesting
Joe A (
Brigantine, nj USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 00:29:59 EDT

Finally a comment in the guest book! LOL... Gerry, it's been a pleasure to wander through your site, although I think I'll have to send you a Yarra Valley chardonnay to get a mention of Aussie wines in your 'virtual wine list'! Thanks for your genealogical help, don't go hiding, by the way, as this is where the fun really begins. Chat to you soon. Domenic
Domenic Sirianni (aka PM) (
Melbourne, Australia - Sunday, April 30, 2000 at 01:23:10 EDT

thanks gerry. COOL SITE!!!!!
richard serianni (
boynton beach, fl USA - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 22:17:19 EDT

I found your webpage from a link on the Schuylkill Navy homepage. Thank you for your efforts to preserve the story of Whitemarsh Hall. I never heard of it, but now I wish I could have seen it in person. Let your work be an inspiration to others interested in virtual preservation. Your work as set a high standard. Thanks again.
Michael J. Schuck (
Baltimore, MD USA - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 09:48:55 EDT

mi scuso, ma non parlo bene l'inglese. Ti lascio la mia homepage-www.unopiuuno.com/book/cardini.htm. Bay.
danilo (
Roma, it italia - Friday, April 28, 2000 at 14:10:10 EDT

SIENA, ITALY - Monday, April 24, 2000 at 13:56:29 EDT

Great Site! My friend lives in the Stotesbury complex and the columns and the other features that still exist there are nothing in comparsion to what it once looked like. I couldn't believe their is a site dedicated to the mansion. Good work and an excellant site. Now when I drove by the main gates I know what it once really looked like, so do my sister, mother and father who I got to look at the website. They were astonished!
Alex Phillips (
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 10:35:15 EDT

Patrick Spallone (
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 03:45:27 EDT

Wonderful site! I noticed in your site that you have a DeCrapio listed under your surnames, however I could not find any reference to it any where else. My mother was a DeCrapio. I have looked high and low for this name on the web. This site is the only place I've found it. I would love to know the connection. Please e-mail me with this information, it would be greatly appreciated. You're my only hope.
Charlene Holbert (
Mt Morris, PA USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 21:45:20 EDT

Great site, I used to go there at night in my teens
T. F. Reilly (
Philadelphia, PA USA - Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 13:23:38 EDT

Any relation? We have Squitieri's, Capone's, Lamaruggine's, Gazzo's, and Bonsanti's.
Diane Spallone (
Nanuet, NY USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2000 at 00:54:07 EDT

Ciao Gerry. Era da parecchio che non ti facevo visita. Ti lascio un caloroso messaggio di auguri per il tuo lavoro e saluti alla tua famiglia. Crisitina


p.s. a tutti i calabresi un invito: visitate
www.madeincalabria.com il sito di tutti i calabresi.
Cristina (
Catanzaro, IT Calabria - Italia - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 11:35:49 EDT

greetings from alaska! i grew up in wyndmoor and spent much time exploring the ruins of stotesbury mansion. it always felt like a lost kingdom and left an impression on me that lasts even today. it is truly unfortunate that it's gone now, but i`m glad to see that it still exists on the internet. thank you for putting so much time and effort into this virtual preservation.
dave hirschman (
anchorage, ak USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 14:46:57 EST

Hello Jerry, Long time no see. Mom and Sherry were visiting this weekend. I found your web sight and we all really enjoyed it especially looking at all of the pictures. Jim
james menke (
greenwood, in USA - Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 17:18:48 EST

I love your web-page on the Stotesbury Mansion. I lived only a half a mile from the old girl as a youth and spent many a Saturdays exploring the place with my buddies. I miss her....
Blue Bell, PA USA - Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 12:22:37 EST

Nice web site. Sorry I missed talking to you the other evening but hope you received the info you were looking for. Hope to meet you someday when I am in your area.
Tim Kassis (
Antigo, WI USA - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 23:17:53 EST

I too, have many photos of the mansion from 1978-79 from a photography class I took. I may even have run into you inside. I have thoroughly enjoyed this tour through time. Thank-you so very much!!!!!
Deb Labb (
Forest Grove , Pa USA - Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 00:56:27 EST

Dear Gerry, I lived in Erdenheim from 1962 until 1982 and used to frequent Whitemarsh Hall with my father many times prior to its demise. I was doing some research work on the web with regard to San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst's castle by the sea in central California. As I was going through its website, it dawned on my that perhaps someone started one on the Stotesbury estate. You have obviously put quite a bit of time and passion into this site and I applaud you. It is a wonderful commemoration to a bygone era but yet was an unforgettable experience growing up so close to a piece of history that will never be duplicated. Also I ventured into your Wine Cellar, I'm jealous. Remember, life is too short to drink bad wine. I wish you all the best in the new millennium and, once again, Thanks for the memories.
Bill Manson
William J. Manson (
Long Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, March 08, 2000 at 13:20:05 EST

I am reminded of Shelly's words, "'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my words, ye Mighty, and despair!'" Perhaps change is really the only constant.
M. D. Lewis (
St. George, SC USA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 12:41:35 EST

Wow. A true trip back in time. Born in 1968, I grew up on Stotesbury Rd from 1968-1981. Went to Penn Manor Elementary, which is on Paper Mill. We used to walk up the big hill behind our house to go up to the mansion in what must have been the late 1970's. It was pretty well demolished, but still intact. I remember going into the big foyer, with the black and white marble floor. I also remember the big curved staircase, so covered with dust and dirt, you couldn't see the stairs. I remember walking around and looking down an elevator shaft and how scary the whole scene was, even at noon on a sunny day. I also remember the statues and ponds. I also remember visiting the Springfield Township library often, as they had a real cool scrapbook of photos and articles about the mansion.
As an adult, I too can't believe some solution wasn't found to save the structure, regardless of how bad off it was. Very sad. I hope to go back soon just to see the remnants.
Fred Sherman (
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 04:04:37 EST

Very interesting and informative site. Thank you for adding your site information to my "Add Your Italian Website" page. I am the owner of the Bilingual Italian English Webring:
and also of Il Sito, the English-Italian site for learners of the Italian language.
Jackie (
New Zealand - Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 15:21:26 EST

Wonderful site. I was wondering if you could answer a question for me... About how much would it cost to build such a house today? I am very interested.
Lakeisha J (
west monroe, la USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 18:14:36 EST

hi, My midle name is Spallone, I`m from Brazil,
Alfredo spallone de Oliveria Jr. (
Sao paulo - Mooca, Sp Brazil - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 20:56:57 EST

An extremely interesting site, the documentation is wonderful! 
Connie S. Griffith Houchins (
Holland, PA USA - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 08:39:45 EST

Haystack was my first Adirondack peak five years ago. Your photographs capture the High Peaks experience. Next month, Bill Fetterhoff and I are doing TNF of Gothics.
Bill Fulton (
Camp Hill, PA USA - Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 08:18:50 EST

Wow. It is really sad to see such a magnificent mansion reduced to rubble and replaced by townhouses. Thank you for putting so much time and effort in a site that allows us to remember the past and dream.
Maria Sawczuk (
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 16:30:57 EST

Mrs. Eva Stotesbury was my great grandmother. My mother, Mrs. Camilla Cromwell Anderson, remembers spending time at Whitemarsh Hall as a child. We're interested to know how to contact Marie Kitto and learn what may remain of the Springfield Township displays. Thanks very much - your site was a wonderful trip down memory lane for my mom!
Christina Cromwell Anderson (
Alexandria, VA USA - Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 10:10:32 EST

I very much enjoyed your site. Did any relatives ever live in Orange N.J. and/or Coral Springs Fla.? I notice a family resemblence, especially with Miss Marion Spallone. 
Rachel Spallone (
USA - Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 22:32:35 EST

philip joseph dominic (
philadelphia, pa USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 22:06:51 EST

My name is Archie Joseph Sirianni, born 24JAN62. My father was Archibald Julien Sirianni, born 19OCT25. His father was Achille (Archie) Lewis Sirianni, and his father was Luigi Serianni who came to America in 1886. I will be in Soveria Manelli in April 2000. Can I look up any information for anyone who has an interest while I am there? Let me know. Additionally, it is great to see a site like like this. I almost fell over when I saw a photo of my grandfather (who I remember) and his father. Awesome!
Archie Joseph Sirianni (
Elkton, MD USA - Monday, February 07, 2000 at 22:18:34 EST

Gerry This site is an absolute joy to see online. My wife came across it and I was shocked. We soon started asking questions to find that you already have spoken to my mother, Marie Sirianni, and my cousin Mickey. Therefore, you already know that we are actually great grandsons in-law of Luigi Serianni (or is it Luigi Sirianni?) If you know more about the name change, please let me know. Luigi's son Achille and daughter inlaw Michelina Sirianni are my grandparents. I am one of five sons from Archie Jr. & Marie Sirianni. I will continue to visit this site and would like to contribute in any way possible. If you need information or photos let me know. Great job Gerry. Chow.
Gregory & Linda Sirianni (
New Hope, PA USA - Sunday, February 06, 2000 at 20:59:55 EST

Hello, Just recently I was watching a movie (The Haunting 1999 Lian Neeson) with my wife Maria and my 11 year old daughter Jessica. In this movie there was an amazing mansion. I told my wife and daughter that I knew of a really amazing, unbelievable (sometimes spooky) mansion. We all called it Stotesbury Mansion. I wondered if I could possibly find a picture of it somewhere. I have lived in Daytona Beach FL for 10 years and really doubted I could find any pictures of it. After a long hard search to my amazement I found your wonderful web site. I too grew up at the foot hill (Erdenheim) of Stotesbury Mansion. My friends and I often would sneak onto the grounds in the 1970's and visit the ruins. What an amazing place. I think I feel much the same about the old place as you. By the way I went to school with and was friends with Lisa Serianni. Thank you so much for all the great pictures and info. February 6, 2000
Port Orange, FL USA - Sunday, February 06, 2000 at 09:37:56 EST

Tempus edux rerum Sic transit gloria mundi
Arthur J. Petrella (
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, February 03, 2000 at 14:06:47 EST

Hi Gerry, My mother's maiden name is Phyllis Sirianni. She was born in Germantown which is below Chestnut Hill. Her father's name was Eugene Sirianni. He had four other brothers who lived in the Germantown Chestnut Hill area. I am also using Family Treemaker to track my family history. It would be nice to swap files and see if we can connect our families. I traced the Sirianni family back to Soveria Mannelli, Italy.
Look forward to hear from you. Dan
Daniel C. Russo (
Glassboro, NJ USA - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 10:22:57 EST

Hi Gerry, I am sure we are related in some way. My mother's maiden name is Phyllis Sirianni. Her father, Eugene Sirianni, was born in Soveria Mannelli, Catanzaro, Italy. I was born in Germantown, PA. which is very close to Whitemarsh Hall, in Chestnut Hill. At a young age my family moved to Fort Washington, PA and I attended Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. I have been researching our family tree and I have many names on the Sirianni side of our family tree. You can contact me at my email address and I can share any information I might have and we can figure out where our families tie together.
Talk with you soon. Dan
Daniel C. Russo (
Glassboro, NJ USA - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 09:44:49 EST

Came across your site while doing a general recipe search for scallops. Great recipe!!! My wife and I dearly love Italian cuisine and seafood. Great to combine the two. Newfoundland is the farthest point east in Canada. farthest in North America actually!)
Larry Hennessey (
Grand Falls-Windsor, Nf Canada - Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 18:08:25 EST

Pointed to your site by a reference on www.row2k.com: looks as if rowmeister@aol.com also saw it there. Excellent site which filled me in with information on a location of which I was aware, but never got close to (came to this area in 1976). I did bid on a house by Trumbauer in Glenside (a block from his Keswick Theatre), but it only has ten rooms, not quite up to Whitemarsh standard. Best wishes. Bruce B. Reynolds, Trailing Edge Technologies, Glenside PA
Bruce B. Reynolds (
Glenside, PA USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 11:03:12 EST

Thank you for the wonderful visit to the mansion. It was sad to see what has become of the magnificent structure. A beautifully orchestrated portfolio.
Judy Kaplow (
Bala Cynwyd, PA USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 09:12:22 EST

I grew up close to the mansion. As kids we would visit and sneak around the grounds. it scared the hell out of us. It is great to see what it looked like it it's prime I am only sorry it is no longer around for me to take my kid to visit. thanks for having this web site.
Chris Stone (
Haddonfield , NJ USA - Monday, January 24, 2000 at 23:23:59 EST

I loved the history of the Whitemarsh Estate. I remember visiting it as a child with my cousins, who lived in the neighborhood. You put together a wonderful history of the mansion. I will pass this site on to others.
Jay Perlman (
Wynnewood, Pa USA - Thursday, January 20, 2000 at 22:36:19 EST

I just stumbled on the site while trying to locate some of my ancestors. I lived in Clarksburg WV. if you have any help I would sure appreciate it. thanks.
tony sirianni (
Fairmont, WV USA - Thursday, January 20, 2000 at 22:12:33 EST

My web site is www.angelfire.com/tx2/anthonyrt
Anthony R. (Tony) Talarico (
USA - Monday, January 17, 2000 at 07:07:33 EST

I loved the page!! Very interesting and wonderful pictures!!!!
Marissa Talarico (
Veradale, Wa USA - Monday, January 17, 2000 at 04:44:10 EST

I found your family history and photos very interesting. I'm glad to see that Italian traditions are living on!
Vive Italia!
Matt Talarico (
Rockford, IL USA - Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 21:32:47 EST

This is a very interesting website for lovers of old houses, and their history. We read about Whitemarsh Hall in a copy of Elle Decor (Aug/Sept'97/USA copy) and were intrigued by the sheer size of this amazing private home. We have friends who live nearby Elkins Park, PA, who told us the house was close to them. So we came out to visit. Unfortunately it was not Whitemarsh, but a smaller building, and actually built similarly to the Stotesbury Mansion. This house is currently the home of a Theological Society, and not open to the public. It is a fine house, but nothing compared to the immense grandeur of Whitemarsh Hall. The neglect, vandalism and destruction of this house is a sad reflection of the era we live in. There is little respect for history and places of beauty. Everything revolves around making a buck. This is not the case in other countries where treasures are saved and preserved. We would be very interested to hear from the owner of this website to discuss Whitemarsh Hall further. Our best wishes,
WEEHAWKEN, NJ USA - Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 17:57:58 EST

Wow, what an amazing site. I drive by the gatehouse on Paper Mill Rd. quite a bit and always wondered why it was there. I decided to find out about Stotesbury Mansion & came across your site. What a magnificent palace. I really wish that it could have been preserved, the run-down pictures are heartbreaking. It should have been saved and turned into a museum. Thanks for the wonderful pictures & information.
Allison Ebbecke (Sphere066@juno.com)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, January 14, 2000 at 01:27:23 EST

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USA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 16:28:48 EST

Hello, I came across your website while searching for more information about Versailles. I recently visited Versailles and was very excited about seeing your site. I was hoping to visit the mansion until I realized that it had been razed. I felt very sick that a piece of wonderful "architecural art" such as this, not to mention the historical connections, could just be discarded as it was. Sure the mansion was fine when the US Government needed it, but when the place needed uncle Sam he was no where to be found. I deeply regret not ever having seen this wonderful place. I feel it is a great loss to all. Thanks for the site because without you I would never have seen any of the beauty this place once possessed. Thank You!
Jeremy J. Eisenhut (
Bluffton, IN USA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 02:28:04 EST

I stumbled upon this site while looking for information on Trumbauer's Duke Mansion (Fifth Avenue, NY). The photos are incredible, and I will certainly be returning later when I have more time to go over the site with a fine-toothed comb.
Matthew Jeffers (
New York, NY USA - Monday, January 10, 2000 at 19:04:46 EST

Hi Gerry, Thanks for visiting the Shrewsbury Chorale site and for the nice compliment. I have inquired to our Music Director about Gorecki, I will let you know. I will be back to browse your page, I am half Italian myself and am always looking for good recipes!! Food, wine and MUSIC!!!!
Cindy Allen (
Red Bank, NJ USA - Monday, January 10, 2000 at 08:53:06 EST

Thank you for the history and tour. We are the first to occupy the Stotesbury Townhouses (9/81) and did not have the opportunity to see Whitemarsh Hall, even in ruins. We have a small collection of information, and yours is a welcome addition. If you haven't read the chapter on Eva in "The Grandes Dames" by Stephen Birmingham, it is interesting and sheds light on why Whitemarsh Hall was built.
Eileen Tonkinson (
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Saturday, January 08, 2000 at 19:08:40 EST

Dear Gerry, WOW... and THANKS for this wonderful site!! I have been longing information about Whitemarsh Hall for some time. I grew up on Delphine Rd., having lived there from the early 1950s to 1959. Stotesbury Mansion, as we called it, was right in our back yard. My sisters and I would go through the woods behind our house and be on the grounds of the mansion. Pennsalt owned it at that time-I recall that it was fairly well kept, not in the ruined state that it was to become later. My Dad and I would fly our model airplanes on the open area. In the winter my sisters and friends would sled down the hills there and play on the ice in the fountains. We have many fond memories of the Mansion-it was a great place to grow up near. I only visited Stotesbury once after we moved to Florida. This was in about 1969 when we had to return for a family illness. I had only a short time to run over to the Mansion. I took several black & white photos and explored for a short time. In Oct.1999, my sister and I returned to out home town, and had to see Stotesbury. We had heard from a relative that the majority of the mansion was gone, but we had to see what was left. Needless to say, we were so disheartened to actually see that it was in fact gone, but we were glad to see the remnants. Being there on the grounds brought back so many memories of our childhood there. We had to learn more about the Stotesbury Mansion. I was so delighted to find your site. I can't thank you enough for all the photos and history. Whitemarsh Hall is part of our childhood-it is so great to be able to revisit it through your site-Thanks again!
Nancy (Pinnel) Stephens (
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA - Monday, January 03, 2000 at 19:07:22 EST

ya know there was another mansion-LEES mansion it was 2 the left of the whitemarsh hall it 2 had winding roads and was a fun place 2 go-also there was a girls home at the end of willow grove ave & stenton-how many of us climbed the apple tree on the corner of mermaid lane and queen st.? or the big tower on mermaid lane-and did ya ever ice skate on the usda pond? ya know i always wondered why nothing lived in that pond-ya dont think it was the little creek that ran behind the tennis court that cane from that busisness behind the fence-does any1 remember in the late50s when they dug up mermaid lane 2 put in new sewer pipes?-and does any1 remember when the miller boy got killed when they got into the dynamite--if ya went 2 hartwell ln. school in 1960-61 and we're in the 6th grade did ya have mrs.grey?? ya remember she had a nervous breakdown?? she was replaced by mrs. ulrich--and in the middle of the school ground there was a little crab apple tree-and the apple trees back in the corner the 1 that was almost laying down?-the lawnmower repair place across the street from the school? and if ya went down hull lane on the left there was an entrance 2 the woods there and there was an old water wheel and a small pond-and just be4 you got 2 patton road there was a little creek-softball games at the usda on mermaid lane-and when there use 2 b a train that ran under the queen street bridge--there was a station at cheltenham by the graveyard-the neys had a huge garden on news street & mermaid lane-if ya remember any of these things e-mail me @i_i_i_i_i_i@hotmail.com
long-a-go (
USA - Saturday, January 01, 2000 at 19:23:33 EST