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Hotchkin, Samuel F. Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Geo. W. Jacobs, 1897., p. 99, 121

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Project name: Rorke Residence, "Thorncroft"
Client name: Rorke, Allen Bearley
Project types: dwelling

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Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA


"Thorncroft.-The above name is a family one among the English ancestors of Mrs. Elizabeth Thorncroft Rorke, wife of Allen Bearley Rorke, the proprietor of the mansion. George Hewitt was the architect of the gray stone edifice of ample dimensions, surrounded by a piazza, and surmounted by light-colored dormer-windows and striking chimneys, which stands on Montgomery Avenue. It was built for Mr. Blumner, who sold to James McAllister, who lived here several years, and in turn sold the property to Mr. Rorke about ten years since. He added various embellishments and improvements to the house, with a porte-cochere, and improved the ground and roads, and erected an artistic stable with a red tile roof. A pleasant lawn, with a natural terrace, surrounds the mansion. Heavy stone gate-posts bear a monogram of the owner's name."


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