i am look for resurch stuff on italy anf other stuff
Joseph T (joetindell@hotmail.com)
seattle, wa USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 15:26:37 EST

My dear daughter-in-law believes that Whitemarsh Hall was featured in a Life magazine - do you have any idea what yea r - I have access to hard copies of all the Life magazines if i knew where to start. Thank you.
jbuseylibbert (jbuseylibbert@hotmail.com)
Asheboro, nc USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 10:01:10 EST

wonderful, truly wonderful - thank you
Brian J Mc Ginley (bioni91@msn.com)
Nutley, NJ USA - Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 22:14:18 EST

I was trying to identify the type of woodpecker that I observed last week in the Adirondack high peaks. It appeared just black and white striped. I did not notice any other colors. It was about 6 to 8 inches in size.
Barbara Poljanic (jbpoljanic@juno.com)
Point Pleasant, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 19:15:48 EST

We were driving through the housing developments now known as "Stotesbury" when we came across the old pillars and such. We then happened to stumble across this website and enjoyed viewing the pictures and reading about the mansion. It is a shame it had to be torn down.
Sarah and Laura (Cheeks529@aol.com and Leopard756@aol.com)
Flourtown , PA USA - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 17:21:27 EST

This site is fantastic. I came here looking for a possible link to my ancestry. My maiden name is Serrianni (originally Serrianne). My grandfather had to change the spelling many years prior to my birth. If nothing else this has given me hope that somewhere I might be able to find and discover my family. Or help them to do the same type of thing that you have done here. There is no doubt in my heart that somewhere way back in time regardless of the spelling we are all family. Thank you for your inspiration.
Deborah Lyn Serrianni (Serrianne) Preston (4frogs@foothills.net)
Louisa, KY USA - Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 02:29:53 EST

Oh, what a wonderful journey I've just taken. Your history and photos gave me such pleasure, especially since I just this week purchased one of the townhomes built on the sight. I am grateful for your dedication to preserving this terrific history. Thank you!
Wyndmoor, PA USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 22:57:34 EST

i like your web page. it gave me better look at what kind of house i want to raise my kids up in  thanks!!
veronica cornetta
poway, ca USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 20:43:46 EST

This is an excellent website. You have done a wonderful job! Keep up the good work. Do you have the floor plans for the other floors? PLEASE E-Mail me! GREAT JOB!!!!
BJHDRUMMER (bjhdrummer@hotmail.com)
DALLAS, TX USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 22:50:27 EST

Super Job - It brings back a lot of memories, from when I was a kid. I had been there a few times in the late 60's myself.
Larry Riling (sales@rayrilingarmsbooks.com)
King of Prussia - formerly from Wyncote, PA USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 17:55:36 EST

Here I sit at work transfixed into my childhood fantasy world! I grew up in Mt. Airy in the 60s. Our first real adventures were into Wyndmoor and to the neighborhood that used to be the magnificent Stotesbury Estate. We felt as though we were archeologists discovering lost ruins as we passed the statues and retaining walls of the original grounds. The mansion stood proudly at a distance. The closest I got was a friend's home on one of the adjoining streets. I was awestruck by the mansion's size. I wish that I had not been such a follower of rules as a child - I never dared pass the NO TRESPASSING signs on the estate. Your website has provided much needed nourishment to my curiosity of what existed there many years ago. I own many Philadelphia historical books - one from 1926 - Hiways and Biways of Philadelphia - a travel guide - lists the Stotesbury Mansion and driving directions there! Thank you again!
Murray Savar (msavar@agnesirwin.org)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 11:46:30 EST

Thank-you very much for this site, and the work you did going into it. I've read the 2001 comments, and find it interesting that most of your visitors and lovers of the building saw it mostly in the '70's. As most children in the neighborhood, I played and explored there growing up, but in the '50's and early '60's when it was not so run down, and still tell people today about what it was like. Now seeing how many people loved it, I'm amazed that I never encountered anyone else there when I was playing! Since I grew up in Wyndmoor, I also played on the abandoned Wyndmoor estate grounds bordering the west side of Stenton between Willow Grove Ave. and Mermaid Lane, which was developed in the late 1950's. Do you have information about that estate from which Wyndmoor got its name? Also, I know that there's a coffee-table book on grand mansions I saw once that included the Stotesbury mansion. Do you know of it? Finally, your last name rung a bell. Serianni's have been around the neighborhood for a long time, right? Any relations in Seven Dolors in the class of '62 or thereabouts? Thanks again, and let me know!
Randy Flynn (rflynn0858@aol.com)
Phoenixville, PA USA - Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 00:08:07 EST

Hello, I have been assembling a list of properties associated with early radio and television inventors. I can see from your website that Farnsworth's lab at 127 E. Mermaid Lane survived at least through 12/29/99. Assuming it still stands, do you know whether it has been modified since Farnsworth worked there? Also, would you happen to know the addresses of other Farnsworth properties: his Philadelphia area home (1937) on Cresheim Valley Road; the State Street home and Pontiac Street factory, both in Ft. Wayne; and the address of the Brownsfield, Maine home that was demolished by fire in 1947. Thanks,
Robie Lange (robie_lange@nps.gov)
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 10:45:03 EST

I love this site. My mother used to tell me stories about when she was a child. She came from money, not of course in the league of the Stotesbury's but comfortable. She had been to the house as a child. She said it was the stuff of dreams. By the time I got to see it in the seventies, it was deteriorating. Even so, she was right. It was right out of a fairy tale. This past week end we happened to be in Chestnut Hill. We had one of my sons with us. My wife wondered if there was anything left of it. We knew it had been torn down. I showed my son the entrance and guard house. We also went up to where the pillars are still standing and the fountain with the statues with missing heads. He asked what the place really looked like in it's hayday. You really can't describe something like Whitemarsh. You really had to see it. I went out on the internet where I found your website. He thinks what happened to the place is criminal. Places like Whitmarsh should be preserved. The before and after pictures of the Grand Ballroon and Foyer were enough to bring a tear to your eyes. Thank you for a job well done.
Charles (Chuck) Taylor (taylor@vrinter.net)
Lansdale, PA USA - Monday, November 12, 2001 at 16:10:09 EST

Wonderful site that definitely shows the work and dedication that went into creating it. I also was a teenager that had the good fortune to roam the building in the late seventies. Today when you feebly try to describe what it was like to wander through the mansion in the dark with a flashlight--no one can comprehend what that was all about. Your website is a great help in having people believe that my stories are not BS. Thanks for the great site. Damon
Damon Podulka (Spodulka@prodigy.net)
Hatfield , pa USA - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 14:21:16 EST

Great Site, I'm trying to make some sense of my family tree as well. DO you happen to have any info on the Chiodo's ?
Raffaele Chiodo (raffaele_6@hotmail.com)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 18:26:00 EST

Geri, Is this you? Great site..... I am very impressed
Dan C. from Work (dbc112@popmail.com)
wc , pa USA - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 14:26:29 EST

The first time I was taken to see Stotesbury I was about 10 years old (approximately 1984). My older sister, who is 10 years my senior, had remembered sitting in her math class at Springfield High School, staring out the window at the Stotesbury mansion. The night she took me there is one I will never forget. The sun had gone down, and we slowly drove around to where the pillars still stand. I was overrun with emotion when my eyes took in the site of the pillars, and my imagination produced the beauty this house once had. I began to quietly cry and since that moment my heart has a very special place for Stotesbury.
Monica J. Rodan (monicaj@iwon.com)
Oreland, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at 12:33:51 EST

Hi Gerry, found your site via the Classmates website. I'm sure we crossed paths in Springfield High, but I can't find you in the year book! Your info on Stotesbury Mansion was great. Paul Anderson and I took several trips to the forbidden hulk that was Stotesbury in the early 70's. It is amazing that something of such beauty would decay and then be destroyed, but as your website says, it took $1 million to keep it going in the 1920's. Just imagine what it would have taken to get it back into shape and then to keep it going today! Its demise was, unfortunately, inevitable. Thanks for a great site, drop a line if you get a chance. Charlie Kron
Charles Kron (ckron@rcn.com)
Dedham, MA USA - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 14:25:33 EST

Thank you so much for your website. My parents have lived right beside the mansion for 10 years now. My children have enjoyed the ruins for many years and have always asked about them. This site tells it all. My sister was so enthralled with them that she had her wedding pictures taken there. All I can say is WOW!
Judy (Judythejem@aol.com)
Turnersville, NJ USA - Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 23:21:19 EDT

I was there yesterday. I thought it was the most beautiful thing. I wish they could have kept it in better shape instead of knocking it down. It is sad to see how much he went through yet the house was destroyed.
Kristin Johnson (xokrissybabyxo@aol.com)
Sewell, NJ USA - Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 22:47:47 EDT

chris dieckhaus (ctopher13@aol.com)
haverford, pa USA - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 19:33:58 EDT

Fantastic photos, but sadly, it reminds me of the eventual destruction of Harbor Hill, the grand Long Island estate designed by Mckim, Mead & White.
mark Sielucka (msielucka)
oyster Bay, NY USA - Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 18:36:54 EDT

HEY! GREAT SITE! You have a lovelly taste! Keep up the great work! Best to you all!
MOC = 70´s retro rock band...
Hawkan Englund (mouthofclay@hotmail.com)
Sala, Sweden - Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 16:28:17 EDT

I still have vivid memories of the aura of the Whitemarsh Mansion and sunken gardens, fountains and the stone bridge and gates from Willow Grove Avenue. When the chemical plant took over, we would be able to sit on the rolling lawns and read. No one bothered us. There were the "mystery" doors in the extensive garden, which were probably garden storage, but they led to some underground tunnel. As teenagers, we felt they were haunted. When I meditate, I visualize the quietness, suspended animation and mystique the property offered to me as a young teenager. I'm glad to see that this site is here in memory of what could have been the best museum house in North America.
Martin Lizerbram (lizzydoc@aol.com)
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 14:00:17 EDT

When I did a Google image search for "turkeys," your page came up. I love the photograph and would like to use it as an illustration on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' web site. Please let me know right away...it's turkey time in Ohio. Your photos are great!

cynthia tinapple (cynthia.tinapple@dnr.state.oh.us)
columbus, oh USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 08:26:44 EDT

A wonderful site I am very interested in the Mansion and Edward T. Stotesbury. My Dad (Peter Stotesbury) said to me that our family are distantly related to him. I wish I could have seen WhiteMarsh Hall but I am only 13, so I missed it a bit!
Tom Stotesbury (Ifrit123@aol.com)
Eastbourne, UK - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 14:08:09 EDT

WARMINSTER, PA USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 23:12:25 EDT

As a young man, I played in the 1960's at the former site of the main house. Seeing these pictures today confirms my belief that "Mr. Stotesburg was keeping alive traditions that were dead long before I was born"
Thanks for the memories,
George E. Harrison III
George & Linda Harrison III (mr.cw@home.com)
Rydal, Pa. 19046-2048, Pa USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 12:40:38 EDT

would like to see catalogue. Thanks
B. Young (ywilliam a@ carolina rr. com)
charlotte, ns USA - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 22:33:56 EDT

Hello. My name is Aldo Spallone and i'm the grandson of Filiberto Spallone and son of Domenico Spallone. Maybe you don't know me because I lives in Venezuela (Caracas) and I didn't go to Philadelphia, but someday We must to speak and write some letters. Thanks for the site and SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH!. Why dont you put Pictures of Domenico Spallone? (Son of Filiberto and Brother of Grazziela). Congratulations Spallone's
Aldo Spallone (spallonev@hotmail.com)
Caracas, M Venezuela - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 12:23:27 EDT

I visited the grounds of Whitemarsh Hall in 1943 or 1944 when owned by Penn Salt. A magnificent place and a sad commentary on the indifference of a nation toward a treasure.
G. Marshall Naul (fenolix@dmv.com)
Chestertown, , MD USA - Friday, September 07, 2001 at 16:47:02 EDT

A fantastic site! Thank you for providing this wonderful information and beautiful pictures. I grew up in Springfield Township, but unfortunately never got to experience first hand the splendor of Stotesbury Mansion as I was just a youngster when it was demolished. Your site helps satisfy my curiosity about local history, and about Stotesbury in particular. Thanks again!
Dave Wolfe (trafficpharm@aol.com)
North Wales, PA USA - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 11:36:18 EDT

This website is absolutely fantastic. I am extremely interested in local history and this area is filled with it. I always wondered what that are must have looked like at one time, and as the website displays, it was magnificent. It is a shame that it could not have been preserved better. However, I am thankful for this website.
Brian Pickell (bpickell@ctn-solutions.com)
Lafayette Hill, PA USA - Friday, August 31, 2001 at 17:37:54 EDT

How can I see the inside of Lynnewood Hall?
Frede Waugh (fwaugh@nimbus.temple.edu)
La Mott, PA USA - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 13:28:33 EDT

A wonderful site, congratulations. I can only guess at the amount of time and work that you have put into it. I have long known of our High Society Philadelphia relations, but had no idea quite how opulently they lived. I would love to have visited in Whitemarsh Halls's prime.
Peter Stotesbury (peter.stotesbury@lineone.net)
East Sussex, United kingdom - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 10:12:26 EDT

do you know something about Schiava surname?
MARIA (perri_maria@hotmail.com)
Italy - Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 06:44:54 EDT

Great site. I would love to see your whole tree. Is it in FTM? Either way, would there be a way to e-mail or snail mail me a copy? Would gladly pay the mailing cost!
john Chiodo (jchiodo@landoflakes.com)
Lino Lakes, mn USA - Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 09:42:55 EDT

Thank you for a wonderful site! I saw photo's of my Great Uncle Bill, with whom my grandfather, Achille, was estranged. The reason for their fued is not remembered and has gone to the grave with them, (I think). Hopefully they disagreed over something important, like a woman, but who knows.
Sincerely, Archie J. Sirianni
AJSirianni (AJSirianni@Hotmail.com)
USA - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 16:53:24 EDT

Gerry, Long time no see. Growing up on Patton Road there was not much of Stotesbury that I did not see. As you did, I visited the site beginning around 1963 when Penn Salt was exiting. The place was still well in tact inside and out. I remember sneeking in there and stealing food out of the guards refrigerator. Do you remember when the guard lived there? Do you remember his shotgun filled with rocksalt? The stories I have...having the Springfield cops chase us out of there..if only they knew the place as well as we did they might have caught us more often! It is a tragedy to loose something such as this. Excellent site, great job, Thanks. JFK
Jeffrey F. Korsyn (jkorvette@aol.com)
West Chester, PA USA - Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 20:43:38 EDT

I think you've done a great job with your website, I've actually used it as a resource for my Masters Thesis. I am just finishing my Masters in Art History at Temple. I have spent the last nine months doing research on Lynnewood Hall,(Elkins Park) another of Trumbauer's masterpieces which is falling into ruin (but hasn't been completely destroyed yet). I am hoping my paper might bring the sad situation to the attention of more people who could help save Lynnewood from Stotesbury's fate. Great job with your site!
Jen Zwilling (jennyz76@aol.com)
langhorne, pa USA - Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 14:38:16 EDT

I grew up in Wyndmoor , at 8211 MacArthur Rd, and attended Wyndmoor Elementary. I recall the Stotesbury Estate with reverence. I wish it had been preserved for all time. Hello to all my former friends in Pa.
Kent Carson (kentc77@hotmail.com)
Los Gatos, Ca USA - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 00:43:17 EDT

While recently visiting a Four Seasons resort in Carlsbad Ca. I was reminded of "visiting" Stotesbury Mansion, Whitemarsh Hall in 1979. I was delighted to discover your incredible website. Now I can share this with the people I was trying to relate to about how similar the Four Seasons resort was to an unbelievable private residency we all had the fortune of "visiting". Thank you!
Mark Smaniotto (msman@sfketema.com & k2doob@aol.com)
Jamul, Ca USA - Friday, July 20, 2001 at 14:27:50 EDT

I can barely remember this beautiful structure, as I was only eight years of age when the once-beautiful home was torn down in Bar Harbor. My husband and I stroll thru Bar Harbor and look at all the beautiful homes and think of the great beauty we still have there. We live only 40 miles on an Island in Maine and are discovering together the beauty of our wonderful coast. Have a wonderful day. Cleo and Bob Cottrell
Cleo (bjec@edmail.com)
Verona, Me USA - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 17:19:30 EDT

I am so glad this site was made available with actual pictures of the building inside and of the grounds when it was abandoned. I grew up in Flourtown and always wanted to be able to go INTO the building itself, but it had already been torn down. I couldn't imagine seeing the mammoth lands and the mansion itself still intact, and in fact I get somewhat nauseous and sick every time I drive up to the site now because I am an avid history lover. I can't believe it's gone. The photo of the author within the walls of the building and on the fountain are intriguing to me, and I wish I could have been in her shoes. Once in 1983 or 1984 a group of friends and I went down one of the manholes by the staircase near the main fountains below the courtyard. There was 2 feet of water on the bottom and one guy used stilts to walk in it. (I didn't have this luxury) The hallway was arched and actually still had light bulbs hanging intact. There was a big electrical breaker room, presumably for the fountains. Then it got real dark and just continued on and on. The hallway became more and more cluttered with debris. We were to scared to continue, and to this day I kick myself for not going further. In fact I almost broke into the wall below the gazebo which is still standing, a few years ago. Today, you'll notice a white wall below the gazebo that looks like cinder block. Well behind that wall is the servants area and it hasn't been filled in. (It has been partially with wood 2 X 4's, debris, etc.) I always wonder what artifacts or treasure might still be left in there. I mean a coin could have fallen or an article of jewelry, and still be waiting for someone to collect it and tell it's story. I wish I lived in Springfield 80 years ago, when the area was magnificent and I wish the government would have stepped in to save the palace. What a waste of art and beauty, and of early 20th century Philadelphian culture. It should have been made a museum. Do you think they'll ever knock down the Art Museum? I fear not, but if they can destoy this masterpiece, don't put it too far past them. Thank you for a wonderful site. Maybe this will open the eyes of American's all over to warn them to save their treasures, and not to destory them. In fact, developers want to destory the Black Horse Inn. Let this tragedy be an example to learn from, that we might be able to save our country's treasures. Anthony
Anthony Nero (antonius16@yahoo.com)
Flourtown, PA USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 09:27:30 EDT

I think that we shood have cap the mansion looking nice because that was one of the most buttiful mansion aver. It was historical. some people had picknicks there. Tere picknicks would have bin much more buttitful and nice. Do you think that is true. alot of people loved that mansion like me. It is a nice gest book tank you!!!
max (mhipin@.com)
philly, pa USA - Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 15:46:33 EDT

Is there any way I can get a photograph of the mansion changed into a wallpaper for my pc?
Sandra Pascale (spascale@progressbank.com)
Blue Bell, PA USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 10:04:40 EDT

Collegiale in Acireale nel 60. Collegio San Luigi
Giuseppe Ricupero (bertone@home.com)
fremont, CA USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 20:31:53 EDT

We called it "Stotesbury Mansion". I remember standing in the ruined foyer and the long, long hallways. The place was the penultimate childhood mystery. Now it rests in my mind like another gone Titanic. I still talk about "Stotesbury Mansion". Not many kids actually had one. Thanks for taking me back there.
George Woollerton (gw1951@MSN.COM)
Philadelphia, pa USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 12:23:45 EDT

I was completely blown away by this site it made me so interested in my family tree but I think it would take me so long to get everything together and a lot of dedication..... keep up the good work 
Ricky Sirianni (RichardDSirianni@aol.com.au)
Wollonong, Australia east coast NSW Wollongong - Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 23:00:43 EDT

Gerry, great job with www.icp consumables.com web site and production. The ICP torches, nebulizers, and spray chambers all look great. We will be using your components. Thanks for the tour of the plant and lunch!
Malvern, PA - Friday, June 22, 2001 at 20:16:33 EDT

I want to know more about my surname.
Rony Pedro Colanzi (
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 19:29:27 EDT

I enjoyed reading your resurch on your family tree. My brother sent me your web page..... 
Gina Pascuzzi-Rivard (
Forest Lake, MN USA - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 07:08:56 EDT

I came across your site and saw the beauty in this grand building. But soon the pages gave way to horror. This was a terrible loss. I just wished something could have been done to save Stotesbury. Looking at it today it upsets me, seems like it never even existed. I'm glad to see your site and showing people, in detail, the effects of time and development. Thanks.
Kieren A. Chant (
Brisbane, QL Australia - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 04:15:06 EDT

PHILADELPHIA, PA United States - Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 19:23:34 EDT

This is really a great site. It got me out of a G&T project!!!!!!
jessica Cape (
Green Brook, nj USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 14:55:50 EDT

Awesome. I was updating my website and looking for links that people would find fascinating and decided to look at your site again. It is wonderful to see how it has developed. Stotesbury will always have a special place in our hearts. The townhome in Stotesbury was our first home.
Marcia Fluhr (
Lafayette Hill, PA USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 21:03:17 EDT

hi. This house looks like it was extremely beautiful and i really think it's a sin that it was destroyed. I've been to look at the ruins and it seems as if there was a lot of interesting history we could have learned from the house and that it definately could have been a museum of some sort, making more money, i'm sure, than the development did. Thank you for making this website so i can see this amazing house before it became a ruin of memories.
cara (
hilltown, PA USA - Friday, May 25, 2001 at 20:20:22 EDT

I love this site. I have a son at LaSalle and I was taking him to a dance and we arrived early. I decided to go for a drive and ended up on the grounds of the old Stotesbury estate. Unfortunately it is all townhouses now, so he couldn't understand the fun that we had riding our bikes up there and exploring. The most memorable event that I had there was walking into the main hall and being scared to death by pigeons flying down at me, of course I thought it was ghosts. I loved that place, it was so magestic. Now thanks to your website, I can show my children what used to be. Thanks. I am also from Wyndmoor, Linden Road.
Maureen OConnell (
Plymouth Meeting, PA USA - Friday, May 18, 2001 at 06:30:46 EDT

The web site is so very well done. I cannot tell you the memories it brought back to me - I too walked the ruins in High School in the early 70's. I recall feeling an aura of mystery and timelessness - and being completely mesmerized. Thank you for all of your work - I truly enjoyed reading it in detail and found it fascinating. Were all the underground levels razed as well - or are they buried?
Sue Grasso (
Maple Glen, Pa USA - Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 13:26:25 EDT

I also roamed the grounds of Stotesbury Mansion with my older brother and sister in the late 60s and early 70s. I was telling my kids a ghost story last night, using Stotesbury Mansion as the setting. They wanted to know more about Stotesbury, so I decided to check the internet. I was happy to find your site to to share with them. The pictures brought back vivid memories and the same feeling of awe I had as a child.
Megan Bilder (
Bothell, WA USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 17:57:10 EDT

I was just showing my dad your website. We have been on the Ellis Island Record site all day looking for information about the ship my grandfather came over on. Found alot of information. Talk to you later. Ellen
Ellen Sirianni (
Ellicottville, NY USA - Sunday, May 13, 2001 at 20:02:36 EDT

Like so many of the other "guests" I spent my youth running about Stotesbury Mansion (we did not know its true title until years later) in the late 1970's. The three or four grainy, out-of-focus picutres I have of the place are all I had to remember the place by. Thank you for allowing us a look into not only the decayed husk, but the structure in all its majesty. It truly means a lot to have a means of serveying the place so important to my youth. Do you have suggestions for those of us who wish to know more? Is there a historian out there working on a volume about the place and its owner? Cheers!
Robert E. Grover (
Amherst (erstwhile of Wyndmoor) , MA USA - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 20:20:43 EDT

Beautiful site -- thank you for caring.
Charles Osborne (
Portland, OR USA - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 01:18:32 EDT

Tremendous job on putting this all together!.....Perhaps if you came along 50 years ago the world would still be able to see the real thing. I have just started to do research on one of Neds Neighbors The Knapps who lived on W. Gravers Lane in the late 1800's....they owned a "vacation home" on Long Island that became my home town and unfortunately like Whitemarsh suffered the same fate....You can see it here
The Knapps had several business' in Philadelphia including a bottling / distilling plant on S 3rd. A Carousel and Barrel Organ works on Front St, A hotel, and were in partnership with Kessler's Whiskey I'm looking for any and all info on the family....Thank You
Ken Spooner (
Nashville, Tn USA - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 09:12:20 EDT

THE mansion is beautiful. Its one of the biggest i have ever seen. I WISH IT WAS STILL UP TODAY!
latrice (
claymont, de USA - Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 11:06:00 EDT

Awesome, I can only remember a slight bit of the mansion. But this site brings back great memories. I wish I could find that old picture/poster of the haunted mansion...........
Michael Wood (
Lancaster, Ca USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 20:01:21 EDT

Thanks, I had a great time reviewing this. I must have been only a few hundred yards from this driving back from La Salle College in 1968-72. Thanks again Bernie
Bernie McNichol (
Wyomissing, PA USA - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 20:45:58 EDT

What a blast from the past. I grew up on Patton Road a two minute walk from the Stotesbury Mansion. I spent a good bit of my youth hanging out up there. It was fantastically oppulent but already in ruins... a mysterious and magical place... a touchstone of my childhood. Thanks for putting the site together.
josh (gosfield)
NY, NY USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 10:33:00 EDT

James Murphy (
NORRISTOWN, PA USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 17:39:36 EDT

Hello, I love this wonderful site. My great grandfather, James Leonard born LEONARDI was a caretaker of some sort at the estate. He was a widower with 5 children. When his wife died he put the children in a convent to be raised. No one in the family has a picture of him. He died in 1946. He had a disabled arm from an accident in a quarry. Is there a caretaker or staff book which might have his name listed? I have never been able to find him listed in a census. I would love to learn more about my great grandfather. This is the first glimmer of hope I've found in years. Thank you so much for this site.
Karen Stone (
Andover, MA USA - Saturday, April 14, 2001 at 14:00:51 EDT

I used to live on the estate from 1940 - 1946 at 8015 Southampton Ave. I remember when everything was still in decent shape..Penn Salt began it's demise after the company moved in. When I lived there ,a Mr Chapman was the caretaker. During World War II, many of the art museums stored valuable paintings and artifacs there in the subterranean rooms. I too have many wonderful memories of growing up on Stotes'zies old place. You have created a wonderful site..thank you
Edwin S. Foody (
Oreland, Pa USA - Friday, April 13, 2001 at 18:36:15 EDT

Thank you for the trip down memory lane. Mom and Dad still live on Willow Grove Ave. and today I got homesick. Thanks for the visit to my home of yesterday.
Lisa Coleman (
Jefferson City, MO USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 15:55:27 EDT

I wanted to thank you for doing this website. It is THE BEST. "Whitemarsh Hall" was the greatest georgian mansion ever built in America, and one of the top 5 largest homes ever built in the country. I have alot of information and original photos of the Stotesburys and the house. I was also involved with a book on "El Mirasol "in Palm Beach. I am now designing a book that is to be published within 2 years. It is called "American Splendor", The Domestic Architecture of Horace Trumbauer. It will be printed through Acanthus Press, New York. R. Marchand (215) 282-2583.
PHILA., PA USA - Monday, April 02, 2001 at 15:19:26 EDT

Hello Gerry, great site keep up the research LOL
Check your SMS' too! Ciao, Dom
Dom (
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - Monday, April 02, 2001 at 11:14:17 EDT

Interested in finding out more about our family tree - my grandfather, Angelo Serianni settled in Niagra Falls, NY, my family in St. Marys, PA - does anyone know about why the different spellings of Serianni/Sirianni - please email at above.
Rich Serianni (
Germantown, MD USA - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 15:30:29 EDT

I loved your site!! i have studied some of these famous/infamous families since becoming aquainted with one of the Vanderbilt direct descendents,Marjorie Wilde of Lenox, MA. She has since passed away, but her grandson and wife are restoring their country estate. I have the very same kind of informational stuff that you do on thier home. This website has inspired me to continue to the end the making of the website dedicated to my friend Marjorie. My cousin is Michael Stairs the organist for the Phil. Symphony. You may have seen or know of him. Did ou see the article in Down East Magazine on the Stotesbury's summer home in Bar Harbor? The date of it is August 1998. the email is: circulation@downeast.com 1-800-727-7422 'The Stotesburys' Bar Harbor Folly' Take care and thank you again. Are there books dedicated to the pictoral side of the mansion? Bye
Joseph M. Villani (
Portland, Me USA - Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 10:35:49 EDT

I remember back in the late 50's visiting this mansion and finding book cases that had hiden passages. Spent many times here having fun as all teenagers did back then.
Bob Armstrong (
Dallas, Tx USA - Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 22:31:25 EST

Thank you so much for bringing me back to such warm memories. I, like so many in the area, loved to go to that magical place. It drove my parents crazy to know that I went there so often, not only with my friends but often alone. I was "grounded" many times, but the place was like a magnet and I could never stay away for long! I remember how peaceful the place was, even in that horrible condition. All you could hear was the chirping of the crickets; it offered such a calmness that I was never scared going into the estate - but the entrance to the lower floors always put me off!!! I do have a family connection to the estate; both my great-grandfather and grandfather were employed as gardeners. Their home was on Mermaid Lane in Wynmoor, and my great-grandfather was responsible for some of the roses that were brought up to the estate each morning for use in the house. Well, my grandfather took some of the roses that were rejected home for his mother and girl. When my great-grandfather saw this, he fired his son for taking the roses!! I hope everyone enjoys this site as much as me!
Bill Reape (wtreape@mail.com)
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 15:10:48 EST

Spent my growing years in Jenkintown and at Whitemarsh Hall. How large is your site? I would like a copy for personal use. I fear that your site may one day disappear.
Steve Conard (
Baltimore, MD USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 08:48:01 EST

I read your e-mail regarding the name Sirianni. There is a Sirianni family in my home town of Wellsville, Ohio. I thought you might be interested.
Pat A. Chefalo (
Rochester, NY USA - Monday, March 26, 2001 at 18:58:32 EST

What a fantastic website! I truly enjoyed reading about Whitemarsh Hall, one of the greatest estates ever created in America. I've read James T. Maher's "Twilight of Splendor," but your site has many photographs that Maher's book doesn't. Thank you so much for allowing us to visit Whitemarsh through your fascinating site!!! 
P.S. I wonder if you have any information about another Trumbauer masterpiece - Lynnewood Hall. I saw it in 1992 and would love to see it again. Do you know if it's still owned by the same religious order? And do you know where I might find information/pictures that would help me to learn its history? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you so much! 
Dan Bornstein (
Newtown, PA USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 14:11:44 EST

Siamo entrati per caso nel sito e siamo curiosi sul nostro albero genealogico,nostro nonno, Luigi Sirianni è emigrato in Argentina nel 1890.Ha sposato Maria Ditella
luciano sirianni (msirianni@iol.it)
abano terme, italy - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 14:19:24 EST

It was good to meet you all.
Riana Plessers (
Pretoria, South Africa - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 03:25:17 EST

words fail me i need to read what i have printed out. this is the 2nd time its happen to a stotesbury BERI HOMES 1st the washington family in 1538 in northamtonshire uk i leart about e t stotesbury from my late friend william stokesbury of ocean city ph usa this is my very 1st typed message i enjoyed your labour of love i will have someone send a another with thoughts later once again well done on behafe of our world wide family of stutchburys of all spelling take care 
robin ephraim stutchbury (
aips @one.net.au)
kilsyth victoria , australia down under - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 09:05:37 EST

What an informative site, I used to live in Oreland and only saw the Mansion once from a distance, but I enjoy going to the township building to look at the pictures and read the text, but this site is far superior to that GREAT JOB!!!!
Robert Ziker (
Warrington, PA USA - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 03:41:22 EST

I love your page with all the birds, I love animals myself, and I thought you should know you did a wonderful job on this webpage.
Mel (WildKitten@hotmail.com)
Stellarton, Canada - Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 16:55:32 EST

As a Child I also played in the Mansion, but as an Adult, I work for S.T Freeman Auctioneers in Phila. They sold the Estate of Eva Stotesbury in 1946,and still have a few copies of the catalogue. (sorry not available) I'm Lucky to be able to Leaf through the catalogue and see the opulence which was a part of the Stotesburys lives. Thank You for a great site. Don Walter
Don Walter (
Phila, Pa USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 13:26:13 EST

I really enjoyed looking at this site as I'm a admirer of Horace Trumbauer. It's very sad that this wonderful example of his work is no longer extant. I always wonder why such beautiful examples of architecture are not truly appreciated and preserved in some capacity. This site is truly appreciated as it allows it to survive. Thank you.
Kris Park (parkris@hotmail.com)
Washington, CT USA - Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 21:21:49 EST

A couple of friends and I visited Stotesbury in the early 70's. It was still greatly intact and we were all awestruck by its grandeur, despite being jaded teenagers. Your site is a great tribute to the memory of this "lost" place and a pleasure to browse.
James A. Prince (
Flemington, NJ USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 22:42:06 EST

Since we both were raised in Valley Forge area we are familiar with the Stotesbury estate and are very interested in the family. Living close to Palm Beach, we have become friends with a Stotesbury granddaughter and often talk of Whitemarsh Hall and El Mirasol. What a crime it was never restored and preserved. We would love to learn more about the family. Do you have a newsletter? You web site is wonderful and would make Eva Stotesbury exceptionally proud. Please contact with any upcoming events. My congratulations on a job well done.
Jonathan Beard/Gregory Lepold (
Boynton Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 21:33:47 EST

Thanks for your site it brought back some great memories My mom grew up in Wynmor, and I used to go there as a
teen. What a place.
Joyce Petipren (
Pennsburg, PA USA - Monday, March 05, 2001 at 20:50:03 EST

I was wondering if you could help me find pictures of the mansion. I hope you can direct me, with were to find some photograph prints of stotesbury estates. Thanks.
Dan (
Fort Washington, PA USA - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 20:37:02 EST

Stavo oziando un pò in rete ed ho digitato il mio cognome, Ciannavei; sono capitato in questo stupendo sito che ho visitato con piacere; una domanda: come mai Ciannavei risulta tra i cognomi? è possibile avere dettagli? proprio in questi giorni ho deciso, insieme ad alcuni miei cugini, di ricostruire le vicende, le persone, la storia della mia famiglia. Se quualcuno legge questo mio messaggio è ha informazioni per me...gliene sarò grato.
Fabio Ciannavei (
Santa Marinella, Rm Italy - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 11:34:14 EST

If Philadelphia and the county areas were not so liberal politicaly then perhaps the hall would not have be vandalized. The people and their values create their community
George (
Pine Bluff, Ar USA - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 04:43:34 EST

I found your site while looking for information on my family's hometown, Soveria Manelli. Most of the surnames listed in your family tree are quite familiar, my Nonna's maiden name was Chiodo and my Nonno's sister married a Sirianni,Perhaps we too are related somewhere along the line.
Robert Rocca (
Melbourne, Australia - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 01:30:53 EST

I wanted to tell you how lovely your website is. Whitemarsh Hall was truly one of the grandest mansions ever to grace the United States. It is such a shame that the mansion had to meet such a tragic demise. Unfortunately, tearing down seems to be the most popular option today. I live in Texas and I have seen numerous mansions, mini-mansions, and historic buildings, including courthouses and schools, be transformed into a pile of rubble. Luckily, there have been those who have been able to save some of the buildings. In fact, a couple who are close friends of mine, bought a historic home in Abilene, Texas, and fully restored it (it was going to be demolished). Now, the house appears as it did when it was first built. I only wish someone could have purchased Whitemarsh Hall and saved it. Again, this website is wonderful and reflects the time, passion, and knowledge you have put into the project. Being an architecture student, I truly appreciate what you have done. 
Calvin Champion (
San Angelo, TX USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 10:08:21 EST

I really appreciate your website devoted to Whitemarsh Hall and the Stotesbury family history. I think you have done an excellent job in trying to record for posterity what is now lost. I had a similar experience when I was younger with regard to a smaller brick mansion that was left vacant near Wheeling WV. The Henry Schmulbach mansion was quite a showplace and it too had an interesting and sad history but has since burned. I adore beautiful homes large or small and always try to research the architect and the family that had them built. I also an interested in funeral architecture and photograph the tombs of these families. Do you have a picture of the Stotesbury grave? I believe one of the articles in your website said Mr. Stotesbury was buried in Woodlands Cemetery. I believe Eva Stotesbury is buried in or near Chicago where she was from as she was never fully accepted by some of the older prominent families of Philadelphia. I study the architecture of many on the eclectic architects and their clients and I have some information and pictures of Horace Trumbauer and his commissions. I am always adding to my files on these architects. Your Whitemarsh website is great and it encourages me to want to develop a website devoted to these architects, their commissions, and the stories behind them as well. I have been to visit the exterior of a nearby mansion that was built for Samuel Rotan by Robert R. McGoodwin on Gravers Lane. Given by Louise Sinkler to the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, I understand it was recently sold in parcels by the University back to private hands. It is quite lovely. Have you seen it? It must be about a mile from where Whitemarsh Hall stood. Any way, as you can see this is all so interesting. Thank you again for your very informative and helpful website. 
Robert Ward (
Houston, Tx USA - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 01:26:32 EST

It's obvious a lot of work went into making this Stotebury website. I always regreted not going into the mansion as a boy growing up in Erdenheim. Now through your work, I was finally able to. Thanks.
Walter Witt (
Harleysville, Pa USA - Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 10:06:23 EST

A big ciao from Avezzano!!!
roberta (harlequin@freemail.it)
avezzano, italy - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 15:39:26 EST

This is a very interesting site. The stotesbury mansion was beautiful.
Jessica Nicol (
Huntingdon Valley, Pa USA - Saturday, February 03, 2001 at 17:21:00 EST

I have been working on a monograph of Horace Trumbauer for about the past three years. I have been using the resources of The Philadelphia Athanaeum. The Art Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania Archives. Whitemarsh Hall was, without a doubt, Trumbauer's swan song. I flew from San Francisco to Philadelphia in 1981, fully anticipating to see an intact, though forelorn, palace. What I found instead were the remnants or a very grand portico and a garden pavillion in the midst of a housing development. I literally fell to my knees and cried. Only in this country, which historically has had no appreciation for any type of architectural heritage, could such unthinkable destruction occur. Your web site is amazing, and I very much enjoyed it, and will reference it, and pass it along to friends and associates. Thank you very much for the time and effort you have put into it!
Harrison von Steiff (HvonS@kc.rr.com)
Kansas City, MO USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 10:38:52 EST

I am fascinated by your website. Are your a historian? I lived in the Stotesbury townhomes for nine years. I have sold real estate for the past 12 years. Stotesbury is where I sold my first homes and still continue to sell in that wonderful community.
Marcia Fluhr (
Lafayette Hill, PA USA - Monday, January 29, 2001 at 13:21:27 EST

As a teenager, I would go to Stotesbury with my friends and was in awe of the place. Thanks for the history and I too wonder, how such splendor has been destroyed. I really enjoyed the tour of Whitemarsh Hall.
Jill Benner (
Mechanicsburg, PA USA - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 11:39:29 EST

Wow! That is quite the elaborate site! I logged on in search of info on Joshua Tree....my spiritual place...I try to go there every year, climb the rocks and watch the ever changing sky. Thank you for the beautiful photos....I have been to many of the places in your site. Keep up the great work!
Anouk Bikkers (
Toronto, ON Canada - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 22:59:33 EST

Just before it was torn down, we took pictures of the remaining ruins of Whitemarsh Hall. It is a pleasant surprise to find your site.
Doris Hoak (
Quakertown , PA USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 18:44:18 EST

Enjoyed your site immensely. Found it while searching for photos of the eastern kingbird. I do a lot of birding at Valley Forge Park, Valley Vorge and Millgrove Park in Audubon. Enjoyed browsing your life list! Did you take those bird photos? Wow! Take care!
Kim Harman (
Phoenixville, PA USA - Friday, January 19, 2001 at 12:22:21 ES

Somewhere along the way this family ties in to my birth. My mother was Julia Manahan of Phila. My grandmother was Mary E. Betz/Packer Manahan. My uncle John & my mother remembered going to Whitemarsh-playing with the children while their mother had tea & the ladies visited.
Mary E. Holmes (
Fort Myers, FL USA - Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 17:59:24 EST

I want to thank you for the nice site you built for the Stotesburry mansion . All your information is great!! In the 70s i used to go to the mansion and your site brought back a great memory of those times . It is a shame that such a great piece of architecture and piece of American history had to be destroyed. My Great Aunt used to work there as a cook and told me many stories about the house. On Jan 1 2001 i decided to try to find the site once more and did i was very happy to see that there are a few reminder's left standing . Thanks so much -pvw
Peter Von Wingeron (
Bucks County , Pa USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 09:09:39 EST

Your History of the Stotesburry Massion has brought back a great memory to me. I used to go through the house in the 70s. What a shame that this was let to be destroyed. I had a old Aunt that also worked there as a cook and she had told me many storys about the mannsion. Today i felt like trying to find it once more and i did, I was happy to see that remnant's of the site still stand . Thanks pvw - jan - 1- 2001
Peter Von Wingeron (
Perkasie Pa , Pa USA - Monday, January 01, 2001 at 20:50:53 EST