Hotchkin, Samuel F. Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Geo. W. Jacobs, 1897.,
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Baird Residence, "Bardwold"
Baird, Matthew (Mrs.)
Client: Baird, Edgar W.; Baird, Anna W.
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- "This beautiful place is named from a word meaning Baird's Woods. The mansion is the home of Mrs. Matthew Baird and her family. It was finished in A.D. 1885. The material is brown stone, and a port-cochere and four piazzas vary the exterior. Benjamin Linfoot was the architect, and Myers & Sons the builders. A most striking feature of the interior is the magnificently large hall, which has counterparts in the second and third stories. A cupola surmounts the building . The drawing-room, and picture gallery, and music, and reception, and dining-rooms are on the first floor. There is a billiard-room in the basement. The oak woodwork of the wainscots and ceilings is remarkably fine, while the stained glass windows and stone work of an arch leading from the reception-room to the hall, and fireplaces in each room are pleasant features of the building. A projection affords means of throwing desired light into three stories, including the library and the chambers. Each chamber has dressing-room connected with it. The floors are of hard wood, with inlaid borders. The pictures gallery contains a number of Moran's pictures, and landscapes, with sunny summer brightness, and a painting of Mrs. Baird, by Matthew Wilson, diversify the walls. A miniature steam engine of gold and silver, presented to Mr. Baird when he left the Baldwin Locomotive Works, is in a balcony here. A large silver cup and other gifts were received as testimonials from the men in the Works. A fine conservatory joins the picture gallery, and a wide lawn adorned with flowers is seen from its windows showing the summer home of flowers nursed her in the winters cold."
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