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Hotchkin, Samuel F. Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Geo. W. Jacobs, 1897., p. 78

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Project name: Baker Residence, "Florencia"
Client name: Baker, Sylvester J.
Project types: dwelling

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Iona Ave near Haverford Ave.
Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA

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...built A. D. 1891, Oscar Frotcher being the architect, and Joseph Dyson builder. It stands on an elevated terrace, and is constructed of bluestone from Rock Hill quarries.... The double bay-windows give cheerful light to two stories, and the tiled roofs of house and piazza and porte-cochiere, and the balcony above one bay-window, and the hooded window above another, and the two dormer windows that hug the chimney are striking features. The two sides of the house are varied in plan. The roof is broken into picturesque angles, while windows peep out at the beholder from every quarter. One bay-window juts out in the form of an oriole tower, with shingle work underneath it.... The rooms within are pleasant and comfortable, and modern improvements serve this modern dwelling. A honeysuckle vine brightens the iron fence which surrounds the grounds.


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