Main Line Monday: A Splendid Remnant of the Cheswold Estate
Unique and historic, the Stewart Stable residence in Haverford has, through its very existence, preserved the spirit of its forerunner, the renowned Cheswold estate. For one, it boasts a stunning façade made of Tudor board and stucco and crowned with Vermont red slate, all while situated on a lush acre complete with stream and pond.
Inside, the home’s first level boasts an open floor plan encompassing the living, dining, and family rooms and library; marble and oak floors; beamed ceilings and original arched carriage windows; and four gas fireplaces. The dwelling, recently renovated and vaunting a newly added family room, encloses a walled and gated courtyard.
But it’s been some time since we last featured the property hasn’t it? Given that and the fact that it’s got an interesting history, here’s a refresher for you:
- The site originally housed Cheswold, an estate home parked on 54 acres belonging to Alexander J. Cassatt, seventh president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and brother to painter Mary Cassatt.
- A.J. commissioned the notable Furness & Evans firm to make additions to the mansion, which at the time vaunted stained glass windows, a paneled walnut hall, and a growing collection of furniture and art. (More info here.)
- In the early 1900s, A.J.’s daughter, Eliza, and her husband J. Plunkett Stewart came to own part of the Cheswold estate and, following their marriage, commissioned Chapman & Fraser to design them a home and stable on the property. According to the Lower Merion Township website, architect Grenville Rickard designed a 12-car garage with washing area and paved courtyard for the Stewarts in 1928.
The Cassatt-Stewart home went on to be demolished and the rest of the property sub-divided, while the Stewart stable (a.k.a. the home you see before you) remains. Previously listed for $3.5 million, the house is now going for $2.995 million. Specs and photos below.
THE FINE PRINT
Baths: 5 full, 1 half
Square feet: 8,138
151 Cheswold Valley Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041
TREND images via Zillow.
Listing: 151 Cheswold Valley Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041 [BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford]