Hotchkin, Samuel F. Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Geo. W. Jacobs, 1897.,
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Croft Residence, "Zorayda"
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Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA
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- A vine-clad stone wall on Union Avenue contains an open gateway, admitting to a beautifully wooded lawn before the stone mansion plies the place with water. It is thrown to the tank at the top of the house by a hot-air pump. Fine cattle grazing in an enclosure give the charm of animal life to the landscape. About six acres of land were purchased by Mr. Croft of his neighbor, John Marston, about thirteen years ago. The house was built in A.D. 1883. H. K. Yarnall, of Philadelphia, was the architect, and Yarnall & Cooper were the builders. The quarry of Jacob Stadelman, on City Avenue, furnished material for the walls. A square tower rises from the base, capped by a pyramidal roof. The gables and piazza are so arranged as to make a picturesque appearance, while the useful chimney asserts its rights above a dormer-window. Creeping vines clasp the gray wall."
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