End-of-Week Jaw-Dropper: Radnor’s Car-Alan Estate

Go ahead. Just take it all in.

Photo copyright TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne.

Photo copyright TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne.

This estate was built in 1898 for Alan Reed, of the successful Jacob Reed’s Sons clothing store chain in Philadelphia (about which you can read much more here). As he would do a few years later for his store at 1424 Chestnut, Reed hired William Lightfoot Price to design his home, which shows a range of influences, from Frank Furness (with whom Price briefly worked) to Arts and Crafts elements. The estate was named Car-Alan (Reed’s wife was named Carrie).

Some of the home’s standout features: a butterflied staircase with turned spindles; Arts & Crafts wallpaper; eight fireplaces; original leaded glass windows; and those ceilings! Dear lord, those ceilings.

But really, these photos speak for themselves.

Beds: 6
Baths: 4.1
Square feet: 8,565
Price: $2.1 million

Photos copyright TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne.

Listing: 100 Pembroke Avenue, Radnor PA [BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne]

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  • poystki

    Ah yes, to be royalty in the filth of philly takes guts. These people took advantage of the weaknesses of people to amass a fortune and ended up trying to mimic the buffoons of Europe who also did the same. Ha. And that’s why their self loathing drove them to alcoholism and worse.

    • Bob Dobolino

      Yeah I forgot capitalism is the root of all evil. And since when is running a department store, “taking advantage of the weaknesses of people to amass a fortune”? I feel sorry for people like you who were indoctrinated in communism in the public schools, and delight in hating on people who run successful ventures. You’re way more important than them though, and so much better.

  • Darren

    This is a draw-drop indeed! I know a lot of friends living out in Glenside and Gladwyn and the homes in the suburbs are extraordinary. If you haven’t been out just driving along the road ways then you are just missing out! There are mega mansions like this scattered all over the place out there. When the moving bubble bursted in 2008 a lot of these places were actually totally vacant and moving companies were being hired by the city to take the remainder of the furniture and donate it post-foreclosure. I I know a company that helped and I got some beautiful new couches and a mahogany dining room table! Extraordinary! http://eversafemoving.com/ Great draw drop of the week!