March 9, 2018

Preservation Personals: An Allentown Rose Set in a Garden-Lover's Paradise

  • By: Mikayla Raymond

I'm a rose of a home set among the Rose Garden neighborhood in the West End of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Lovingly called Brickwalk Manor, I was built in 1920 as this neighborhood was forming around what is now a network of parks, featuring the Malcolm Gross Rose Garden as the crown jewel. I am a mere five-minute walk away from several of these parks, which include walking trails galore.

My placement on a corner lot means that I am on a relatively substantial 0.8 acres, which is elegantly organized around brick-laid herringbone-patterned pathways and a small pond. Take a seat on one of my sizeable patios, or on the many benches set throughout my garden, and enjoy my serene perennial plantings.

If it’s chilly outside, you can enjoy some sun from my two sunrooms— one on my east side and one on my west— to best take advantage of light at different times of day. My façade balances classic proportions and formality with homey comfort, and is punctuated by a bright red front door. Stroll up my landscaped front walk, and come on in and enjoy my 5,744 square feet of interior space.

My gracious foyer leads to my main living space with a large fireplace, where you will notice that my intricate brickwork continues beyond my exterior. The first floor also includes my dining room with built-in china cabinets and airy French doors, and a kitchen worthy of a professional chef.

Up the turned wooden staircases to my second and third floors, you’ll find my library landing, as well as the majority of my six bedrooms and five bathrooms. My light-filled master suite includes a full dressing room and a luxurious bath.

Learn more about me here and see my full details here.

My charming facade, punctuated with a red front door.

photo by: Carol C. Dorey

Allentown, PA 18104.

An aerial view of my formal, refined back garden.

photo by: Carol C. Dorey

An aerial view of my garden, which perfectly balances formal elements with livable comfort.

My elegant entryway with a turned staircase.

photo by: Carol C. Dorey

My refined foyer, leading upstairs to my second and third floors.

Mikayla Raymond is a proud preservationist and editorial intern at the National Trust. She lives for public parks, weird art, and women’s history.

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