Don and the rest of the former Sterling-Cooper gang may have moved onto the next chapter in their lives with last night’s finale, but that doesn’t mean we’ve completely let them go. Case in point, this classic mid-century modern abode in Radnor Township, which although built in 1946, gives off a certain late sixties vibe that has us feeling like an alternate story arch with Don and Betty reuniting in Montco is about to take place. (Okay, so it’s not exactly possible, but Birdie is from the area, remember?)
Following stints with two others firms, Northeast High School graduate Henry E. Baton founded his own group in the mid-1920s: the Baton Construction Company. According to the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project website, his work has ties with buildings like the Ninth National Bank and the Corn Exchange National Bank. It just so happens this eight-bedroom Normandy estate-style abode was also crafted by Mr. Baton.
Commissioned by one Frederick P. Ristine, Baton crafted the home on a two-and-a-half acre site, now 2.89 acres, where it’s nestled among carefully designed gardens and terraces. The home’s exterior vaunts a Belgian-tiled roof and Foxcroft native stone construction, while its interior offers original random-width oak and pine exposed floors, carved paneling and millwork, and stained and leaded glass windows with Indiana limestone sills.
Restorations, additions, and updates—like most other historic homes who’ve still got it, Tanglewood blends all of the above, molding its vintage charm and a hefty dose of modern luxuries to lure us into seeing what it has to offer. Here are some of our favorite details:
- Two-story foyer with original terrazzo floor and light fixture, curved staircase with a stainless steel bannister, and….wait for it… a mural of all things!
- Energy-efficient windows, mud room with radiant heated floors, and gourmet kitchen with SubZero drawer freezers, Wolf 6 burner range, and Viking fridge
- Second caterer’s kitchen with Dacor double oven and fridge
- Redone baths, new Vermont slate roof, refinished hardwood floors
- Stone patios right off the dining room and heated green house
It’s got a pretty name, and, fortunately, it offers so much more than that too. Glenlaurel, a stone and slate home by Durham and Irvine, is one of those regal Main Line residences that’s not only situated on three-plus-acres of “meticulously landscaped grounds” with mature trees and a spring fed pond, but was constructed in the style of an English Norman manor to boot. Throw in a pool and lighted tennis court and you’ve got yourself an impressive home.
In addition to its five bedrooms, the home’s service quarters provide three extra bedrooms. Recent changes to the house include renovated baths, refaced Poggenpohl kitchen cabinetry, and a finished lower level and covered rear terrace. A guest house / three-car garage has also been renovated and enlarged. It’s most visibly charming feature from the outside, however, must be the turret, which houses a turned staircase to the bedroom level where a master suite awaits.
If you were expecting some of its more elaborately marked furnishings, we’re sorry to say that those are pretty much all gone. (Should have made time to go to that auction, huh?) But even if his pirate memorabilia has been anchored in somebody else’s living room, that doesn’t mean Pat Croce’s former estate is without any other distinctive–and more appealing?–features.
Case in point, the grounds, which contain a a number of stone and slate terraces, a large in-ground pool, stone pool house, and lighted tennis court. Inside, the main house’s two-story center hall comes with a butterfly staircase and inlaid marble floors. Nearby, the living room opens out to a covered patio. A “handsomely-paneled study” offers handcrafted bookcases and a fireplace.
Set on a single acre property near Radnor Township, this Semerjian Builders-crafted home is marked with several notable features, the first of which we must mention is the two-story center hall. It’s a gorgeous room, boasting a wood barrel coffer ceiling, Herringbone floors made of Brazilian Cherry wood and an inlayed floor medallion.
And that’s only the beginning. As the listing notes, the impressive European manor-inspired residence offers over 10,000 square feet of space and has a whole-house sound system. “Intricate” crown moldings and ceiling medallions are throughout, while high-end light fixtures are at every turn. Entertainment amenities can be found both indoors and outdoors, the latter consisting of the nearby Radnor Township Walking Trail and downtown Wayne.
Would you classify this Lower Merion residence as a mid-century modern? It certainly has that airy, light-generous roominess those types of buildings are known to have. No kidding, the home, built sometime in the 1950s, offers over 4,100 square feet and has high ceilings and a plethora of windows, which to us seems like the perfect place to host large gatherings.
Outdoor features include a back covered porch, a swimming pool one can see from the wall of windows in the lower level, and a pergola-covered terrace off the dining room and kitchen, where a breakfast area has bonus sitting room thanks to the 16-foot granite and stainless steel island. Kitchen amenities consist of a SubZero fridge, three sinks, a wine cooler, and a 6 burner Garland commercial range. A loft area can be found upstairs, while the family room, exercise area, and additional rooms are on the lower level.
Confession: Main Line Monday is probably the toughest theme house of the week for us to choose. Why? Well, so many of these houses could easily, easily, be the Jaw Dropper of the Week as well. Since the two names don’t really fair well in the mash up department (Jaw Mainer? Main Line Dropper?), you still get two glorious houses to gawk at each week.
Its presence from the road is quite lovely. A stone fence with lanterns on each pillar welcomes you into the well-landscaped property–you know you’re in for a real treat.
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Sound a bit like it’s the next tween obsession, doesn’t it? Fortunately in this case, Mistwood is more of an all-ages real estate infatuation than a 13-year-old’s fantasy fixation.
Situated on eleven acres of Radnor Hunt, the property claims an Ann Capron-designed stone & stucco colonial with 4-car heated garage (no chilly walks to the car!), a separate two-bedroom caretaker’s apartment, and a detached 3-car garage/workshop. Still unimpressed? In addition to those structures, the estate holds a bank barn, lighted tennis court, indoor-outdoor pool with stone terrace, koi pond, a stocked pond with dock, and a waterfall and meandering stream. (Okay so maybe it does have a touch of the fantastical.)
Did you balk at the price? We did it too until we heard this: Albermarle was once part of the historic Ardrossan Estate.
Once a 700-acre expanse boasting close to thirty buildings (not to mention the occupancy of Hope Montgomery Scott, the socialite who inspired the the character Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story) Ardrossan was a vaunted property more noted than other Main Line mansions. Today, only 311-acres remain of its original tract, 71 of which now belong to the township. From the Main Line Times:
The township bought 71 acres of the 311-acre Ardrossan Farm property for open space, closing on the $11.6 million deal late last year. The remainder of the property will become an upscale housing development, although developer Edgar “Eddie” Scott III promises to preserve much of the interior land as “investment lots” so the new homeowners can enjoy magnificent views of the rolling countryside.
So what of the other 400+ acres? Long story short, the land was divided and sold off into individual parcels, most of which–like Albermarle–are now probably mansion estates.