May 12, 2017

Preservation Personals: Pennsylvania Georgian Seeks Scholarly Owners

  • By: Jared Foretek

Educators had it pretty good in the early 1900s. I was designed by famous Philadelphia architects Brockie and Hastings for the superintendent of the Seybert School for Poor Boys in 1908. But now I'm a private residence, meaning you can live here without having to supervise all those dang kids!

The Seybert School became the Meadowbrook School, which still sits in the adjacent lot. But you wouldn't know it given the level of privacy here.

Built in the Georgian Revival style, my unique details greet you the minute you step into the glass vestibule. My four fireplaces, Douglas Fir floors, stately staircase, and crown moldings are utterly charming. And the rooms are to such a perfect scale, you'll feel at home right away.

On the first floor, my formal dining room looks out on to the rear lawn, and the kitchen—which was expanded to include what was previously a butler's pantry—features two stoves, two sinks, and a pleasant breakfast nook.

The property is five acres, so there's lots you can do with my backyard. Also outside is my two-car garage, a vegetable garden (I hear the fiddleheads are to die for this time of year), and my chicken coop.

Four of my bedrooms are on the second floor, each with a private bath, while the master bathroom features historic tiling, an antique tub, and a pedestal sink. Up one more flight are the other two bedrooms as well as a large office and a walk-in cedar closet.

And one of the best things about this property? I'm only 45 minutes from Philadelphia. Between the house and the city, you'll be a history buff before you know it.

Intrigued? See more here.

Pennsylvania Georgian exterior

photo by: Scott Laughlin

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania 19006.

Pennsylvania Georgian library

photo by: Scott Laughlin

My library has one of four fireplaces and working gas lights.

Pennsylvania Georgian living room

photo by: Scott Laughlin

The dining room looks out onto my lovely rear lawn.

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

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