Hotchkin, Samuel F. The York Road, Old and New. Philadelphia: Binder & Kelly, 1892.,
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Summer residence of Mr. PAB Widener
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- "Mr. Widener's house was undergoing alts & improvement when I viewed it in passing. The porto-cochere is a pleasing combination of stone, spindle arches, shingle roof, winker windows & metal finials of modern Queen Anne architecture. The porch surrounds 3 sides of the mansion. The tower terminates in an observatory, a pointed roof surmounts it. Within the mansion the walls are splendidly frescoed, while hard woods, especially oak, are used. The circular end of the dining romo has a stone carved mantle with wood above it. Carved seats are on each side of it. The roof is of open timber. The baths are finely constructed, and the electric system runs through the house. Angus S. Wade is the architect. A new stable houses the blooded stock of the owner. The Philadelphia Inquirer of Jan. 30,1888, gives an account of the improvement of the former Charles Richardson property by P. A. B. Widener (of theTraction Company), near Thomas Dawson's fine mansion. The house of Mr. Widener is an architectural success of a high order. The porches & roof of the old mansion were removed while the interior was newly modeled. A circular add., of ample size, joins the dining room, being 3 stories high,having a gable roof, dormer windows & handsomely wrought stone chimneys separated by flying buttresses. An octagonal stone bay window of 2 stories adorns the mansion. A projection of the roof forms a balcony. An oriel window w/an Ogee roof has a pretty effect. A bay window lights the library. W. H. Thomas was the contractor."
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