Historic Arts & Crafts Residence With St. Francis on Stained Glass, Fini

The Wayne home was designed by Frank Stephens, brother-in-law of Thomas Eakins, and founder of an Arts and Crafts group.

301 Windsor Avenue, Wayne, PA.

301 Windsor Avenue, Wayne, PA.

We’ve profiled properties inspired by the Arts & Crafts architecture movement before (here and here), but here is a home that’s actually from the period. Built in 1925, this carefully preserved and updated residence was designed by Frank Stephens — founder of an Arts & Crafts group in Delaware and brother-in-law of Thomas Eakins — with the help of William Lightfoot Price. It’s composed of almost all the markers of the movement and includes a fondness for built-ins, exposed beams, natural materials, and fireplaces, among other features.

Updates to the home include a completely redone third floor and kitchen with new cabinets, marble counters, and a mosaic tile wall accent. It also has barstool seating and two sets of French doors leading to the yard. In the dining room you’ll find Tudor-style millwork with pocket doors that close it off from the panel-walled foyer (fireplace here) and the Great Room (fireplace here, too).

Now, said Great Room is a pretty neat place on its own. Aside from its notable millwork, the current owners refer to it as “the Church Room” because of the stained glass window depicting St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Complementing this are the carved animal finials along the exterior roof lines and a nearby street named Francis Avenue. There is also a platform in the room once used for Shakespearean productions as many members of the early Arts & Crafts movement were interested in music and drama.

In the family room you’ll find bookshelves, a beamed ceiling, and another fireplace. Two different staircases lead to the next floor where the master bedroom has a renovated bathroom and a private loft overlooking the Great Room. The home just got a $99,000 price cut yesterday.

Beds: 6
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Square feet: 4,698
Price: $1.2 million

Listing: 301 Windsor Avenue, Wayne, PA, 19087 [Fox & Roach]