Here, and there, stately homes

6363 Overbrook Ave., Colonial Revival style, 1903, Horace Trumbauer design.
6363 Overbrook Ave., Colonial Revival style, 1903, Horace Trumbauer design.
Posted: February 10, 2012

MANY of the homes in Overbrook Farms were built between 1893 and 1929 and designed by architects who became renowned, including Horace Trumbauer, whose firm helped design the Philadelphia Museum of Art; William Price, who designed hotels in Atlantic City and Miami Beach; and Charles Barton Keen.

* 6363 Overbrook Ave. Built in

1903, designed by Horace

Trumbauer. The Colonial Revival house has a gabled roofline pierced by three dormer windows, according to the Overbrook Farms tour book. The

"lavish use of paneling, moldings and tapestry imported from a castle in France provide an elegance and graciousness to this most formal of houses."

* Ivy Hall, 6331 Lancaster Ave.

Built in 1905 by Keen. The original house is at the right with the paired chimneys and gabled roof. Grace Kelly took lessons in the ballroom wing built soon after. It's now the headquarters of the International Institute for Culture.

* 6025 Overbrook Ave. The

architect of the pre-1895 structure is unknown, but both Price and Trumbauer built additions. It has a steep roof intersected by a round tower with a conical roof and a large tiled porch with the look of the late Victorian period.

-Valerie Russ

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