August 4, 2017

Preservation Personals: Pennsylvania Tudor Seeks Comfort-Loving Owners

  • By: Jared Foretek

A combination of beauty and history like mine doesn’t come around very often. A 1929 Tudor revival here in Rydal, Pennsylvania, I was originally built for Dr. Summer Cross, a leading physician in the area. At the time, Rydal had just about 10 estates, which now contribute to the town’s historic nature.

They called me VIlla Medici and I was designed by the renowned Wilson Eyre, who was remarkably skilled in both residential and landscape architecture, talents in demand for estates like mine.

The four owners of the property have taken remarkably good care of me, and almost nothing’s been changed—except, of course, in the way I’ve been updated for the 21st century. One of my only alterations is something I’m sure Dr. Cross would’ve enjoyed; an in-ground pool was added in the 1970s.

On a 2.5 acre plot, my mix of brick and stone details is the first thing that grabs any visitor's attention. But there’s just as much to love inside. For a house my age, there’s wonderful natural light, particularly in the living room and dining room where a set of French doors leads you out to my patio. My hardwood floors are in fantastic condition and my three wood-burning fireplaces will keep you warm during those harsh Pennsylvania winters. And once the weather warms back up, you’ll be enjoying spring blooms from my lovely terrace, underneath the property’s giant Magnolia Grandiflora tree.

Pennsylvania Tudor exterior

photo by: Scott Laughlin

Rydal, Pennsylvania 19046.

Pennsylvania Tudor dining room

photo by: Scott Laughlin

My beautiful dining room fills up with natural light.

Pennsylvania Tudor pool

photo by: Scott Laughlin

I think my first owner, Dr. Cross, would be quite fond of this 1970s addition.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve got all the upgrades you’ll need. My spacious kitchen has two whole ovens, a built-in dishwasher, and a state-of-the-art refrigerator. Recently, I also got a new high-velocity central air conditioning system.

History, beauty, and comfort both inside and out—I’ve really got it all, and more than I can tell you about. You’ve got to see what else I have in store here.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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