Charles Barton Keen first appears as a residential architect in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide 1893, which was just after he completed his coursework at Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art and Penn before that. Independently and with Keen & Mead architecture firm, he’s responsible for country estates up and down the East Coast and all over historic Overbrook Farms. This stunner in the Tudor Revival style fits that mold exactly: lavish, sprawling and built for a very comfortable lifestyle.
The home features seven bedrooms including a master suite with its own bathroom and boutique-sized dressing area. The entertaining spaces in the home — a covered porch, a terrace, a library and a dining room among them — are graciously appointed and grand enough that it’s easy to imagine the jazz-era soirees the 88-year-old home must have seen. Downstairs, a family room, a half bath and an exercise room that would rival some hotel gyms round out the private spaces.
There are some unusual touches that separate this home from your standard nearly-Main-Line estate. The grounds surrounding the home are lush and perfectly manicured. The thoroughly modern kitchen includes hand-carved (and enormous) pantry doors. One other perk you don’t find every day? The property also includes the adjoining, separately deeded lot at 1830 N. 64th Street.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 6,000