Philadelphia Mansions: Stories & Characters Behind the Walls, presented by Thom Nickels

May 08, 2019
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Radnor Historical Society
May 08, 2019 to May 08, 2019
Our grand mansions and architectural treasures reflect the area’s iconic status in American history. Each Greek Revival home and Corinthian column tells a compelling story of the people behind it. Historic Strawberry Mansion in North Philadelphia was home to Judge William Lewis, a Patriot who defended colonists accused of treason and was Aaron Burr’s defense lawyer. Socialite, millionaire and world-renowned art collector Henry McIlhenny made his home at Rittenhouse Square and left his art collection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Famed architect Addison Mizner’s Spanish Colonial Revival house La Ronda brought the stark contrast of South Florida to Bryn Mawr, torn down not so long ago but because of a lack of protective oversight. Also hear about Germantown’s mysterious Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, which became the inspiration for the exterior of the popular Addams Family house, the historic Strawberry Mansion’s rise and fall, and the sad life of architect Thomas Nevell who designed one of Philadelphia’s greatest mansions, Mount Pleasant. Thom Nickels is a Philadelphia-based author/journalist, poet and travel writer, the author of 11 published books, including: Out in History, Philadelphia Architecture. He was awarded the Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Architecture Journalism Award in 2005 for his book Philadelphia Architecture and his regular columns are widely published in many Philadelphia magazines and newspapers. Co-sponsored by Radnor Memorial Library & Radnor Historical Society. Books for sale by Main Point Books.