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Hotchkin, Samuel F. Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Geo. W. Jacobs, 1897., p. 19, 21

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Project name: Scull Residence, "Leighton Place"
Client name: Scull, David
Project types: dwelling

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Philadelphia, PA (Overbrook)


"The rural home of David Scull, called Leighton Place, from the Sculls in Leighton Court, Herefordshire, England, is particularly beautiful by reason of the contour of the land, while old chestnuts and oaks adorn the ample lawn, some chestnut trees being the third generation, they having grown from the stumps of former ones. Artists and architects have admired the monarchs, which standing by themselves, without being crowded, have developed most symmetrical shapes, while a fine collection of imported rhododendrons complete the picture. The chestnut trees in their second growth from one stump formed clumps of from two to seven. In a clump of six there is a crow's nest, with steps leading to it, and I noticed with pleasure, in the clump of seven that a floor was laid, with a thatched roof over it, making a rustic summer house. The granite of the neighborhood provided the stone which formed the dwelling, which is located on an eminence commanding a delightful view. On the side facing Overbrook Farms there are tastefully laid out gardens and extensive buildings, including houses for the coachman and gardener, a commodious coach-house and stable, and greenhouses; and various other buildings suited to a country place covering nineteen acres, which was the first purchase in the division of the old George estate. The house was erected in A.D. 1871, from plans by Addison Hutton."


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