Castner Scrapbook v.18, Chestnut Street – Residences 1, page 18

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Castner Scrapbook v.18, Chestnut Street – Residences 1, page 18

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Item No: pdcc03103
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.18, Chestnut Street – Residences 1, page 18
Historic Street Address: 401 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item 1, entire page:  From a 1949 Sunday Bulletin article, "Famed Drexel Mansion Is Made Ready For Last Recpetion--To Paying Public" (as captioned).  Interior image of a room inside the soon-to-be-sold Drexel mansion, located at 401 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA.  It was originally the country residence of George W. Childs, publisher and co-owner of The Public Ledger. Childs named it Wootton (old English for "woodland"); it is a Tudor style mansion, built in 1881 by architect John McArthur (who also designed Philadelphia's City Hall).  At Childs's death in 1894, Wootton passed to his godson, George W. Childs Drexel.  After the death of Mrs. Drexel in 1948, the estate went up for sale, with the proceeds to benefit the Drexel Institute, today Drexel University. In 1950, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary acquired the mansion and other outbuildings of the estate, to create a boys' academy.  Today, the mansion still exists as the IHM Conference Center, hosting retreats and functions for the ministry.  Reproduction of a photograph for the Sunday Bulletin article, 20 x 19.5 cm, 4/24/1949.  The text for this article is continued on the next item, #pdcc03104.

Creation Year: 1845
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.338173
Geocode Latitude:40.011743

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.18
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
John McArthur - Architect

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