1881 Frank Furness-Designed Gilded Age Mansion in Haverford, PA
$3,295,000 | Built 1881 | 16,914 Sq. Ft. | 7 Beds | 7.5+ Baths | 1.94 Acres
231 Laurel Ln, Haverford, PA 19041
Designed by American architect Frank Furness and built in 1881 for shipping magnate Clement Griscom as his family’s summer residence, this 16,914 square foot mansion, known as the Dolobran Estate, is on the market for $3.29 million in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Listing details: Welcome to the Dolobran Estate, a rare opportunity to own a magnificent piece of history on the Main Line!! Originally designed by renowned Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness, this 7 Bedroom, 7 Full and 2 Half Bath masterpiece was built in 1881 for shipping magnate Clement Griscom as his family’s summer retreat. Featured as the Vassar showhouse in the early 1990’s, and again extensively renovated from 2012-2014, this property has finally been restored to its former glory, offering the most discerning buyer the perfect combination of distinguished architectural grandeur while harmoniously blending with modern amenities. As you enter the grand Foyer, you will be mesmerized by the many hallmarks of a by-gone era, beginning with the original blue and white Delft Tile murals and Jacobean chimney surround, that were gifts from the Queen of the Netherlands. The stunning carved oak doors, detailed coffered ceilings, and stunning fireplaces are just some of the additional architectural features giving one a sense of the homes history and character, while all of the rooms graciously adjoin the Foyer offering a perfect modern day circular flow.
The original wood paneled Library is tucked away providing a glorious private room to work from or just enjoy, while Furness’s distinctive signature peacock symbol can be found in a cozy Office that provides additional work space. Designed for entertaining, one can only imagine the exquisite parties that must have taken place and the spirt of the home beckons the next homeowner to continue the traditions. Expansive Living and Dining Rooms with access to a breathtaking Terrace overlook the Pool and the meticulously maintained 1.94 acres, which are the perfect backdrop to create cherished memories. The gourmet Kitchen and walk-in Butlers Pantry offers all of the amenities to create a seamless transition from day-to-day living to entertaining, while the sunken Family Room provides special family space. Not be be missed is the glorious four-season Sunroom surrounded by a wall of windows, exposed stone walls, fireplace and wood floors.
The Main Level is completed with 2 Powder Rooms and Mudroom. Ascending to the Second Floor, a luxurious Master Suite awaits complete with His and Hers Bathrooms, and large walk-in closet with center island. There are three additional en-suite Bedrooms all with beautifully restored Bathrooms, a large Laundry Room, and additional hang out space completing the Second Floor. A butterfly staircase leads one to the Third Floor, and as you go left you will find a separate space complete with a Bedroom, Bath, and Kitchenette, prefect for In-Law and/or Au-pair needs. In addition on the other side, there are two additional Bedrooms with Hall Bath, and large finished space. The showcase of the home is jaw dropping dramatic rope staircase that leads to the Hollywood like Lower Level featuring every possible amenity to host a party of your dreams!!
Originally the ballroom for the estate, every square inch has been transformed into a recreational space. There is an impressive bar, Restoration Hardware lighting, Home Gym, Theater Room, and glorious floor to ceiling windows overlooking the majestic backyard setting and gracious Pool area.!! This space is completed by a dog wash station and access to the all-cedar Pool House with bathroom, changing rooms, and shower. This estate is truly one of a kind rich in history and gracefully commands a presence in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Haverford. Don’t miss this true treat to see. The Dolobran Estate is on the market for $3.29 million with Linda Furey/The Hospodar Team BHHS Wayne Devon, PA. Photography by Dave Apple.