Filed under: Estates
One of Pennsylvania's most beautiful old mansions has been in the news recently after an AP story on Lynnewood Hall came out. Once one of America's grandest homes, the mansion is over 100 years old but has not been given the love received by some other older homes of its size. The huge building that once welcomed presidents and the wealthiest and most aristocratic of guests is now an elegant crumbling ruin.
The 110-room mansion is said to be the largest surviving Gilded Age mansion in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. It is built from Indiana limestone and was famous for its large art gallery. The home's collection was on public display at Lynnewood Hall from 1915 to 1940 but in 1940, the collection of more than 2,000 sculptures, paintings, decorative art, and porcelains were donated to the National Gallery of Art. The home also had a ballroom, swimming pool, wine cellars and its own electrical power plant.