Gerry, Thank you for your amazing website. Words fail in regard to
the history of Whitemarsh Hall. I am a historian by hobby, my interest
is John Wanamaker, who lived at Lindenhurst not too far away. If there
are any records of Mr. Wanamaker or his son Rodman visiting Whitemarsh
Hall please let me know.
- USA - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:36 AM EST
- Hi from canada, My husband is Gino
Ingratta and he was looking for Luigi Spallone from Gambatesa. Does anyone
know Luigi??? My husband was from Villa Canale, near Agnone in Isernia.
Judy Judy Ingratta
- Canada - Sep 08, 2011 at 10:22 PM EST
I visited your great website years ago and signed the
guestbook then with a quote about the demolition of New York City's
Pennsylvania Station. The gist was that we will be judged not by the
monuments we build, but by those we have destroyed. You incorporated it into
the site. I have loved Whitemarsh Hall since I got hold of a copy of
"Twilight of Splendor" in the mid-70s and devoured it. A cousin of mine
attended Chestnut Hill College from 1970-74 and used to visit the house and
explore it in its decay. She said it was heartbreaking to see. Of the five
houses chronicled in that book, I have visited three of the four houses
still standing (only Shadow Lawn, another Trumbauer house, now Wilson Hall
at Monmouth College in Long Branch, NJ, remains to be seen). Just this week,
while visiting New Hope, I realized how close I was to Wyndmoor and finally
visited the remains of Whitemarsh Hall. I knew and could see in my mind's
eye what was there, and sadly surveyed the present scene. I wonder if you
can enlighten me about the abutment with urns in the photographs attached.
They lie along what is now Trumbauer Drive. I suspect that from the main
entrance, having wound around the plaza, this was along the drive leading up
to the house. Anything you can let me know I'd be interested in learning. I
see Trumbauer's hand in this, as he was big on urns, but perhaps it was
Greber's work, using a very Trumbauer motif already prevalent on the estate.
I sincerely commend you on your excellent website (both on Whitemarsh and
your family's history) which has given so many of us a wonderful experience
in seeing what a magnificent estate once existed, from it's construction
through demolition. I'm no poet, but I wrote a verse following my visit. I
share it with you here. I think, with your obvious love of the house, you'll
enjoy it. Keep up the good work! One last thing I want to bring to your
attention, when you click on the link to the pictures in the Photo Archive
section on the site, it doesn't open the picture but takes you back to the
Main Page. I thought you'd like to know to correct this.
today I’ve come to roam,
O’er Ned and Eva’s pleasure dome,
To see those relics which survive
Along a stark suburban drive
The Philistines have had their way,
As seen today, their wicked sway
Sits cheek-by-jowl, too close I fear,
To Ned and Eva’s Belvedere.
Six pillars stand twixt houses small,
But lead no more to entrance hall
Where cupid’s arrows once were proffered
In marble, ‘neath a ceiling coffered.
No more do Clodions here uplift,
Large platters full of fruited gift,
And Pajou’s seasons all have passed.
Such splendor, sadly, did not last.
Those walls no more and now so mourned
With Reynolds and Romney then adorned,
With Hoppners and Lawrences well displayed,
And tapestries rich, all there arrayed.
The gardens’ glorious symmetry,
Spreads no more for all to see,
As crowded houses here replace
That landscape, which they now deface.
But think of it! Those golden days!
To stroll here then in twilight’s haze,
When beauty reigned across this place,
Long, long before today’s disgrace.
Still, the Stotesburys had their time,
Near two decades in this clime,
They built a house so fine, so grand,
That brought distinction to this land.
Ned and Eva’s domicile,
Suffered such a sad, long trial,
Now laid to waste, time unforgiving,
Their exercise in gracious living.
PA USA - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM EST
- Hi, I too, am one of those old souls who mourn the loss
of great mansions. But with regard to Whitemarsh Hall..just what did Mr
Stotesbury squander at least $55 mil on? Especially since $55mil in the
'30's was a truly vast sum of money. I also don't understand why he left his
wife so little money to maintain Whitemarsh Hall given that he was so in
love with her.
- Michael Fisher
- Jul 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM EST
- Thank you for keeping a record of Stotesbury on the web.
I grew up nearby and visited the estate several times as a LaSalle student
from 1975-1979 and was blown away by the magnitute of the property. Today's
barrons leave little for us to see besides the Bill and Melinda Gates
foundation which is incredible. It was great to see it again, thanks
- Bill Wiley
- May 1, 2011 at 2:24 AM EST
What a wonderful site! My parents moved to MacArthur Road
in September 1947, when I was six months old, and l lived there until I went
off to college. When they first moved in. the only telephone was at the Gate
House, so she had to bundle me up in the carriage and take a long stroll
just to make a call. I, too, was among the many trespassers on the mansion
Melanie Sherry Berman
Jul 26, 2011 at 2:03 PM EST
- I was so engrossed with the article that you wrote
and totally inspired me to dig more about the place. I am from Asia and
I have this somehow crazy and weird idea of buying myself a mansion up
for sale when I’m already well of on my own; but I guess this whitemarsh
hall is no longer reparable. Has anyone bought the land where it stands?
I would really appreciate it if you hook me up on news about the
abandoned mansions there in PA or anywhere in the US. thanks, – stef
- Stephanie Calubayan
- Apr 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM EST
there! I just wanted to tell you how wonderful your website about
WhiteMarsh Hall is. I must have spent hours on your website looking at
the pictures and reading the information there. It pains me to see our
historical buildings being torn down. Such a piece of work this mansion
was ! I envy the time you were able to spend there ! Well done !
- Apr 9, 2011 at 6:10 PM EST
- A moving
tribute to this great house, its owners and architect. Your personal
photos were extremely poignant. The research was excellent. I grew up
overseas in Greece and Turkey. I understand the magnetism and power
great architecture has over the observer. Most of what I saw in the
ruins of ancient Greek and Roman temples also affected me in a similar
way to your impressions. There is something magical and tragic about
crumbling stone that once was a house revered or temple adored. You have
not only the modality of free movement through the monument/house and
the ability to touch the remaining ruins, but there is the smell of the
stone, wood, and plaster. And the strange effect of spring flowers and
herbs wafting through the remains. The thrill of 'invading' the privacy
of the home/temple, occupied or not, is also a sensation. To ruminate on
its history, the people who inhabited the place, to take in the
surrounding views...yes, I understand. My family travelled the lands of
the ancients to the moderns (Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria,
Germany, Italy, France) and it was not the very modern that impressed me
-- it was what I was later to understand as the Renaissance through the
Gilded Age - the Beaux Arts. Seeing the models first hand on which US
architects based their domestic and public buildings is important to
understand how the Greek and Roman models were adapted through the ages.
It also indicates how poor our current ability is to reproduce any
likeness of the great monuments of the past. It is a terrible shame that
Whitemarsh was not preserved as many as were in Newport. The barren
slopes and remaining few pieces jutting from the landscape become a
romantic halo from which even more can be imagined. Thank you.
- Apr 08, 2011 at 9:05 AM EST
- As a young boy I grew up next door to the estate and
played on the grounds before the salt company took it over. My grandparents
knew the family – although considered him “neauveau rich” as the saying
- Michael Donahue
- Mar 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM EST
- Hello… Really enjoyed this website, the pictures and the
stories of the Stotesbury's. I recently found and old scrape book from my
grandmother when she attended West Palm Beach High School in 1925 and 1926.
I also found pictures of the "El Miraso", that my Great Grandfather had
taken as he worked as a carpenter for Mr. Stotesbury. I fell in love with
the story, the time and knowing my Great Grandfather was there made it all
the more interesting to me. I also found pictures of another Mansion that my
grandfather was involved with, the building of the "Casa Nana," I was happy
to hear it is still their, but very sorry to hear they tore down "El Miraso".
My husband works for a wonderful man here in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr.
William Cook and his wife have worked hard to save two glorious hotels
located in southern Indiana, they are French Lick Hotel and Spa and the West
Baden Hotel, (listed as the 8th wonder of the world at one time). Thank you
for putting all this together it is "Magical"
Cathy Minett Murphy
Bloomington, Indiana - USA Mar 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM EST
have been visiting your Whitemarsh Hall web site for a couple of years.
The home amazes me, and its decline saddens me. I wish it could have
been preserved. I would have made a special trip from California to
visit. Please consider my E-mail address for Whitemarsh Hall,
Daniel B. Wilkinson
- Ventura, CA USA - Mar 20, 2011 at 4:51 AM EST
- I first heard of the estate when we moved to
wyndmoor in december 1963, you yourself gerry told me all about it and
you lived on the cul-t-sac just above leewood across from hartwell’s
tennis courts but back to the future, when we were in school I went to
supervisiors meetings trying to get the township what a valuable
keepsake they had off paper mill, the answer was always oo much to
restore too much room and too much to maintain but just after they tore
it down I was talking to judge eastburn and he finally agreed with me
but the damage was already done. that would have been a great public
space, township building, library, and police station, they could have
rented out the ballrooms and been the envy of every other township in
surrounding areas. but as they always say, hind sight is always 20/20
- Mar 11, 2011 at 1:38 PM EST
- It is
indeed a shame that such a grand mansion and gardens had to be destroyed.
You would think some school or church could have bought the estate as a
retreat, or for some other purpose, as so many of the grand estates of Long
Island and Westchester have been used for. The loss of Whitemarsh Hall was a
loss to the community as a whole. Think what the mansion would be today if
some computer billionaire had bought and restored it in the 1970s! Alas,
another great estate is gone. We should do all we can today to preserve and
protect the few great estates that remain, otherwise a beautiful part of the
history of our country will be lost.
- Jan 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM EST
Hi Gerry, It was very nice to look at your website. The old
photos and history you have listed is nice to read about. My family is also from
Avezzano and many of my great grandparent's family was lost in the earthquake on
January 13, 1915 as well. One day I hope to have a nice website such as yours
for family and researchers to refer. I see that you have a Palumbo listed in
your surnames but I could not find where Palumbo is found in your ancestral
lines. I believe we have corresponded a few years back but am not sure if we
knew of this match before. Best of luck in your continued research, you have
created a treasure chest of memories for your family. Regards,
Stephanie Palumbo Trotter StfPalumbo@aol.com
Denver, CO USA - Jan 1, 2011 at 7:09 PM EST