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Winding its way
southward through the Philadelphia communities of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy,
as well as the verdant rural countryside of Gwynedd, Whitemarsh, and Wyndmoor,
the Wissahickon Creek flows through a region of both unsurpassed natural beauty
and some of the nation's most exquisite residential architecture. The
marvelous landscape that attracted early travelers and settlers became the
setting for glorious estates that celebrated the connection between the natural
and the built environment. From the mid-19th through the mid-20thcentury,
three generations of prominent regional and national architects designed houses
that have endured as magnificent examples of their own time, and remain
eminently livable homes to this day.
In Houses of
Philadelphia, author James Garrison documents an outstanding group of houses,
illustrating the scope of development in the Wissahickon Valley and
the talented architects who worked there. From Henry Houston's much altered
Drum Moir to Edward Stotesbury's extraordinary Whitemarsh Hall, the book
examines 40 properties in detail with over 300 archival and contemporary
photographs, drawings, and floor plans.
researched, cogently written, and beautifully produced, Houses of Philadelphia provides a tangible and vibrant record of the eloquent and
prodigious design heritage of the Wissahickon Valley.