Gorgeous mansion outside Philadelphia slowly dies

The ominous quality of the Google street view image almost sums it up, this building is dying, picked over by liquidators and auction houses for years as the owners try to recoup some of the their investment in this one hundred year old money pit. Lynnewood Hall, a once proud residence to the wealthy Widener family, with earnings dating back to the sale of mutton to the government for supply to the Union soldiers during the Civil War and moving on to investments in railroads, steel and tobacco.

Completed in 1900, the house cost, in today’s dollars, a reported $212 Million, and consisted of a ballroom capable of holding 1000 people, indoor pool, squash coart, full time upholstery and carpentry shops, 110 rooms, over 400 acres, a power station, race track and farm.

The estimated cost of bring her back to the home’s original lustre is $12 million. It is currently managed by a caretaker living in the 15,000 squarefoot guesthouse.

See more at lynnewoodhall.com


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July 27th, 2010