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Dear Gerry,  Hi! What a great site! My grandson asked me what was my favorite memory when I was young and I told him it was exploring Stokesbery. I wasn't a Vandal but I explored it around 1970. What a place it must have been in it's glory days. I remember going down to the boiler room that I believe was in the 3rd basement. And also sitting by the lily pond by the light of the full moon. It was magical. Thanks for archiving this for future generations.
Gary Washington North Wales, Pa. 58 now, 16 then.
"Gary and Sue Washington" ardanatrek@yahoo.com
North Wales, Pa  USA - December 28,2010 at 7:21 PM EST


Hi Gerry, Your website brought back a lot of memories. I grew up in Germantown (near Germantown Hospital), and lived in North Hills for years. I knew the Chiodo Family there, and coached Joe in Little League. After college and USAF, I went to work for Provident National Bank (later PNC), and retired from the bank in 1997 after 40 years plus. In 1962, I became Assistant Mgr. at Provident National on Butler Avenue. It was shortly after the merger of Ambler Trust into Provident. I was the first person to work there that wasn't from Ambler. It was the best assignment of my so called career..LOL One of my favorite customers was Lou Serianni who owned an auto service in Oreland. Please tell Lou I said hello. My Ambler memories returned after my visit to GIANT in Montgomeryville last Friday. At the deli, I met Donna Serianni from Wyndmoor, and now Ambler. She had 88, and I had 89. They were waiting on 81, and there was time to talk. Donna was very nice. At age 73, you appreciate making a new friend. Donna said she usually "beats the crowds" and food shops at 10pm. I'm sleeping by 10, and it's unlikely we will meet again at the GIANT deli. Please tell Donna I said Hello. My best to the Serianni Family and MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL.
Paul "Duke" Garvin  DUKNSU@aol.com
North Wales, PA  USA -
 December 19,2010 at 11:58 PM EST


What a wonderful website you have created. I work in the former LI mansion of Eva Stotesbury’s dear friend Marjorie Merriweather Post, and am thrilled to know that you have created such a wonderful site dedicated Eva’s beautiful mansion and estate. What a shame that such magnificence was lost to the ravages of vandalism and demolition.
Ken Mensing 
Ken.Mensing@liu.edu
USA - December 03 ,2010 at 8:45 AM EST


Dear Gerry, First of all congrats on your site as well as thanks for sharing so many information about this magnificent mansion of the gilded age. I enjoyed a lot reading about Whitemarsh hall, the people who lived on it and the history surrounding all that. It is a pity it doesn’t exist anymore. It was created to last hundreds of years. I noticed that there are a few links that do not work, the ones regarding the Photo archive (http://www.serianni.com/wh19.htm). It would be great to be able to see more photos. Thanks very much. Best regards  M.T (SPAIN)
Mikel Toledano uranus90@hotmail.com
 November 13, 2010 at  3:42 PM EST



I was THRILLED to find the website on Stotesbury Mansion, as I grew up on Wainwright Road and was fascinated by the mansion and grounds. Thank you SO much for sharing all of the wonderful history, photos and more! Now I can show my 21-year-old son what I’ve talked about for years! Resided at 8812 Wainwright Road 1965 through 1971
Judi (Moskowitz) Parker  jparker1959@verizon.net
USA - October  27, 2010 at 11:23 AM EST

What a wonderful website you have created. I work in the former LI mansion of Eva Stotesbury’s dear friend Marjorie Merriweather Post, and am thrilled to know that you have created such a wonderful site dedicated Eva’s beautiful mansion and estate. What a shame that such magnificence was lost to the ravages of vandalism and demolition.
Ken Mensing Ken.Mensing@liu.edu
USA - Dec 03, 2010 at 8:45 AM EST

Have been totally absorbed with the history of Whitemarsh Hall. Have always been intrigued with old mansions, and have several books on the Vanderbilt Homes. In any event, last week I came across references to a Widener Estate still extant in Philadelphia. Mention was made on one website about the Whitemarsh Hall mansion and my interest was immediate. The home, to me, was far more beautiful in many ways than Lynnewood Hall. It's sad that more effort was not made to preserve these mansions in a pristine state. Of course, Whitemarsh fell to the wrecking ball after many decades of neglect and abandonment. Though Lynnewood Hall remains, it is quickly deteriorating and I fear will meet the same fate as Whitemarsh Hall. There were so few of the truly great and grand estates of the size of these two mansions. So, it is sad that our society fails to give them the respect they deserve as a great part of our Gilded Age History.
Vikke Harper vharper70666@roadrunner.com
Kentucky, USA - Sept 24, 2010 at 9:11 PM EST

We should try and raise money to turn the old entrance collonnade of the estate into a little park/garden. It would be the perfect containment wall around a little garden or seating area. It would be so nice to repurpose the collonnade. Would you be interested in creating a funraiser to build a little park there? Tell me what you  think!
Steven Lepore stevenglepore@gmail.com
USA - Sept 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM EST

Hi Gerry. I stumbled across your website today while surfing an article in Wikipedia. What a bittersweet experience it was. I too "trespassed" on the Whitemarsh Hall grounds as a teenager, although I never had the courage to go inside. Actually it was owned by Pennwalt when I was there in the 60s. After my first excursion I went back several times. It was like entering a fantastic other world. How sad that this incredible monument was razed! How very, very sad. Thanks for putting together your tribute to Whitemarsh Hall.
Greg Salerno
, (formerly of Glenside) Lovenwork@aol.com
San Jose, CA USA - Aug 20, 2010 at 3:14 PM EST

I am mesmerized by what I see in your photos; sad to see what was, and what became of Whitemarsh Hall. Until this morning I'd never heard of the place, yet I feel sadness.  Thanks for sharing.
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Eugene Cassidy ecassidy@thebige.com
West Springfield, MA USA - Aug 18, 2010 at 2:56 PM EST

I found this quite by accident and the very next day went exploring. My son attends La Salle College High School, directly across the street. I had never wandered back in the area -- though I have always been struck by the odd non-post ww2 home and I have been an old house addict since I was a child. My 16 year old son was hungry after taking a practice SAT exam and pretty grumpy about my wandering...UNTIL he saw the first remnants. He was hooked. I am now obsessed and keep thinking about this and the other grand homes in the area. How did it slip away?? Oddly, I had dreams for several years about a set of pillars rising above homes (though in my dreams, there were 4, uncapped, and they were symetrically at the entrance to a development. Since I suspect that this is a fairly unique feature, I have to think that I have been dreaming about Stotesbury for years. Thank you for all the time that you spent gathering this. It has been an important moment in my life! I can see that you don't keep this up anymore, but I hope the email finds you well and knowing how important your efforts have been.
Maureen Greene maureengreene@verizon.net
USA - Aug 4, 2010 at 11:46 PM EST

Hello. I just found this wonderful website. Sadly, many of the links no longer work, such as the demolition page and some of the photo pages. I also noticed that the guest book comments ended in 2005. I hope that your website hasn't met the same fate as Whitemarsh Hall. It's obvious that you put quite a bit of work into it. Thank you.
Steve Roat store5145@theupsstore.com
USA - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM EST

The mansion made me think of Whitemarsh Hall. To see all that has been done to maintain Biltmore and to know that Whitemarsh is gone broke my heart. So much beauty shouldn't have been destroyed. Thank you for taking the time to post your pictures. They brought back so many memories.
Mara Still maranjd@yahoo.com
USA - Jul 27, 2010 at 6:42 PM EST


My family lived on Hull Dr. in Whitemarsh Village on the grounds of the old Stotesbury Estate from 1947 - 1952 and an Aunt and Uncle still live on Douglas Rd. The "Mansion", as we always called Whitemarsh Hall, overlooked the development like a palace on the hill. The great landmark of my childhood. When a friend's family moved from Southampton Ave. to Delphine Rd. with their house backing onto the Mansion's grounds. There were enormous trees with branches that reached the ground that we used as play houses and we explored the gardens and fountains (no longer working) and sculpture and beautiful stairs and balustrades in the back of the house. This experience stirred my imagination and lead to my lifelong passion for exploring great historical houses here and abroad. The Mansion was occupied by the Pennsalt (later, Pennwalt) Co. so we never saw the inside. In the later 1950's -early 1960's, after my family had moved from the Village, I visited my friend several times and sadly saw early signs of the vandalism that set in after Pennwalt left the Mansion and grounds unguarded. It was a terrible blow and so sad hearing the Mansion was to be demolished making way for new development. Even now, turning into Douglas Rd. past the old estate gatehouse I feel a true pang of loss looking up to the distant empty ridge where the Mansion stood. I am very happy to have found this website, as you have helped preserve this wonderful memory and the history of Whitemarsh Hall.  Thank you.
Carolyn Croll 2manybabas@comcast.net
Philadelphia, PA USA - Jul 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM EST


I enjoyed reading your memories of Whitemarsh Hall. I grew up in Mt. Airy right next to Chestnut Hill. I loved going to the Hall and exploring. We may have passed each other at one time. I did meet a few people on the grounds and in the building. I never went to take or destroy anything. I went to imagine what it must have been like; just to day dream. Just a few years ago I went to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The mansion made me think of Whitemarsh Hall. To see all that has been done to maintain Biltmore and to know that Whitemarsh is gone broke my heart. So much beauty shouldn't have been destroyed. Thank you for taking the time to post your pictures. They brought back so many memories.
Mara Still maranjd@yahoo.com
USA - Jul 27, 2010 at 6:42 PM EST

 

 

 

 


I really enjoyed your website on that estate. I remember seeing it in the Twilights of Splendor book when I was a kid. Article on Yahoo yesterday about it's twin, Lynwood led me to Whitemarsh. I enjoyed reading and seeing all the pictures you had. I wish some of the pages still worked so I could see more photos, but maybe you took them offline. Very cool to see your own pics when you got onto the estate and inside the house.  Thanks again,
Randy akitamask@comcast.net
USA - Jul 07, 2010 at 7:50 PM EST

Hello, My name is Donna and I don't have the time today, to say everything that I'd like to, but can't wait until I do. (When might that time come)? I came across this site last night, after reading about Lynnewood Hall and its predicament. I just wanted to compliment you on the wonderful job you did, telling the story of this magnificent estate. My husband and I love to go through these old places, and do so whenever we have the opportunity. The pictures of you, made us feel like we were right there. We are true believers of saving the past, any way possible. We own an old warehouse that was built by the JR watkins Company between 1911-1913. They manufactured and distributed spices, tonics and a variety of other products. We own a school, (1915) that we have partially renovated, and live in a lovely older home (built in 1939), in Memphis TN. I love to document everything about these places and have a blog about each. (I sent a few pictures, if you're interested). I could go on and on, but the reason for this email is to let you know how much I appreciate you bringing this to those of us who love history. You have done an excellent job, and I have greatly enjoyed my experience. Thanks again!
Donna Chappell donnaray56@yahoo.com
USA - Jul 07, 2010 at 4:20 PM EST

My family lived on Hull Dr. in Whitemarsh Village on the grounds of the old Stotesbury Estate from 1947 - 1952 and an Aunt and Uncle still live on Douglas Rd. The "Mansion", as we always called Whitemarsh Hall, overlooked the development like a palace on the hill. The great landmark of my childhood. When a friend's family moved from Southampton Ave. to Delphine Rd. with their house backing onto the Mansion's grounds. There were enormous trees with branches that reached the ground that we used as play houses and we explored the gardens and fountains (no longer working) and sculpture and beautiful stairs and balustrades in the back of the house. This experience stirred my imagination and lead to my lifelong passion for exploring great historical houses here and abroad. The Mansion was occupied by the Pennsalt (later, Pennwalt) Co. so we never saw the inside. In the later 1950's -early 1960's, after my family had moved from the Village, I visited my friend several times and sadly saw early signs of the vandalism that set in after Pennwalt left the Mansion and grounds unguarded. It was a terrible blow and so sad hearing the Mansion was to be demolished making way for new development. Even now, turning into Douglas Rd. past the old estate gatehouse I feel a true pang of loss looking up to the distant empty ridge where the Mansion stood. I am very happy to have found this website, as you have helped preserve this wonderful memory and the history of Whitemarsh Hall.  Thank you.
Carolyn Croll 2manybabas@comcast.net
Philadelphia, PA USA - Jul 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM EST

Sir  Your website study of Stotebury's mansion is so well done and interesting. But I am encountering broken links to the demolition photos and other pages. Are you aware of this? I hope you can fix this as I am so anxious to see the rest of the site. Thanks
Ben Kauffman bfkauffman@gmail.com
Columbus, Ohio USA - Jun 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM EST

Gerry, I lived on Hull Drive in Whitemarsh Village near the corner of Claridge Road from 1952 until 1969. I spent many of my boyhood hours on the grounds of the estate. The pictures on your web site brought back many fond memories. The fountains/statues in the circle on Weidner Road were a favorite playground for all of the kids in the neighborhood. I seem to recall several Serianni boys who lived near Willow Grove Ave. when I was growing up. Anyway, thanks for the trip down memory lane.
David Weiss
dweiss0622@mail.comcast.net
Dumfries, Va.
USA - Jan 1, 2010 at 1:43 PM EST