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Glenmede Estate – $15,500,000

Glenmede Estate – $15,500,000

January 13
09:58 2011


Glenmede is the most prominent and architecturally significant estate on the Main Line and home to the Pew family since 1904.  Built in the late 1800’s and designed by renowned architect William Price it sits on 15 rare acres with a Pool House, Gardeners’ Cottage, Carriage House and Gate House.  Also featured is design work by the prestigious artist William Van Ingen who did the murals and the fabulous decorative features of the estate, including stained glass and irreplaceable fixtures and hardware.  The Tudor mansion is constructed of red brick with limestone trimmings.  Highlights include the ornamental staircase, the step down living room with seven foot paneled wainscoting; the Gothic style billiard room, now an office, the paneled family room, the formal Dining Room and a charming breakfast room featuring five arched windows.  Upstairs the many bedrooms are trimmed with popular and white pine, several of which enjoy fireplaces.  The Master Bedroom including a dressing room is very large. This is the first time that Glenmede has been offered publically for sale.

Price: $15,500,000
Size: 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 8 Full, 2 Half
Speciality Items: Built in the late 1800’s, Designed by William Price, 15 Acres, Pool House, Gardeners’ Cottage, Carriage House, Gate House, Design Work by William Van Ingen, Stained Glass, Red Brick, Limestone Trimmings, White Pine, First Time Being Offered Publicly For Sale.
Address: Morris Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States

“Glenmede” was originally built for Mr. George S. Graham, a prominent Pennsylvania congressman at the turn of the century.  It was through his connections that that the most prominent architect of the day, William Price, and the prestigious muralist William Van Ingen were commissioned, the former to design this magnificent home and the other to provide murals and many of the fabulous decorative features of the estate, including leaded stained glass and irreplaceable fixtures and hardware.  The estate then passed to the Pew Family, the founders of The Sun Oil Company, now Sunoco.  It was the Pew family who named the estate “Glenmede”.  In the 1990’s the Pew family bequeathed Glenmede to Bryn Mawr College which was responsible for an extensive updating of the mechanicals and infrastructure ongoing from 2001.  Now returned to private ownership and conserved, “Glenmede” represents the most important estate in the heart of the Main Line.

The magnificent Tudor mansion is constructed of red brick with Indiana limestone trimmings. The gables have half timbered work with ornamental verge boards. The setting, which on top of a hill, is incomparably private and features magnificent mature specimen trees, a terrace lawn with balustrade, and a vast open lawn which is central to the entire compound.

The Main floor is entered by a vestibule and hall with a groined and vaulted ceiling supported by oaked pilasters and carved capitals. The ornamental staircase has a broad landing and a bay window with the original stained glass. The step down living room is trimmed in dark oak with seven foot paneled wainscoting; paneled seats and bookcases again with original leaded glass doors. The Living Room is highlighted by a fireplace with mantel facings of Indiana limestone. The massive beamed ceiling has the original and very valuable murals painted by William B. Van Ingen who is also did the stained glass. The Gothic style billiard room has a beamed ceiling open to the roof, again with the original murals by Van Ingen, wainscoting, leaded glass windows and an inglenook fireplace with the limestone mantel and facings. The oak trimmed Family room has paneled wainscoting and ceiling beams with a brick fireplace that has a limestone and oak mantel. The Formal Dining Room enjoys wooden white enameled moldings. Finally the first floor enjoys a charming informal dining room detailed in exposed brick featuring five large arched windows. Upstairs, the many bedrooms are trimmed with curly popular and white enameled pine. Many of which have private fireplaces. The Master Suite, including a dressing room, is very large and enjoys the largest upstairs fireplace.

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