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Towers & Turrets: Victorian Mansions on the Main Line, 1870-1905 (Virtual)

December 5, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Towers & Turrets” examines the great Victorian-era mansions on Philadelphia’s Main Line. It focuses on the exquisite homes of the Baldwin Locomotive Works partners, Pennsylvania Railroad officers, and leading industrialists and manufacturers. Architects featured include Furness & Evans, T.P. Chandler, Wilson Brothers, William L. Price, and G.W. & W.D. Hewitt.

About the Speaker: Jeff Groff recently retired as Estate Historian at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. For sixteen years he was Executive Director of Wyck Historic House and Garden in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He directed the Osterville Historical Society on Cape Cod, and early in his career was Registrar/Asst. Curator at the Philadelphia Maritime Museum (now Independence Seaport). A graduate of Bates College where he majored in history, he holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture of the University of Delaware. For over forty-five years he has studied and lectured on American country houses and gardens, particularly those of Philadelphia’s “Main Line” and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on country life and sports, and gentleman farming. He served as co-curator of Winterthur’s very successful exhibitions “Costumes of Downton Abbey” and “Costuming The Crown.”

Admission is Pay as You Wish! Your donation is greatly appreciated. Register Here!  All proceeds benefit the development of future programming and the preservation of the History Center and its collections. The History Center is home to over 750,000 manuscripts, 100,000 photographs, and 70,000 artifacts. Your donation helps us to preserve and share those resources.

Presentation is via Zoom, and will be recorded and available for 7 days for all registered participants. We will email out a Zoom link the day of the presentation, and email a link to the recording within 48 hours. Note: the Zoom link emailed out the day of the presentation only takes you to the live presentation; the link emailed out the day after will contain the recorded version.

This presentation is made possible by the generous support of the Haverford Trust Company.


December 5, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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