Mansion Interior

Glen Foerd

Mansion Interior

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States

Created By: Glen Foerd on the Delaware


The mansion’s 1902 renovation entailed a substantial expansion, adding the northern wing of the house, while incorporating opulent detailing through every room. The monumental staircase is the heart of the house, flanked by ionic columns. Throughout the first two floors you’ll find impressive molding, ornamental plaster ceilings, parquet floors with mahogany borders, and a series of leaded glass skylights with intricate patterns.

The Haskell pipe-organ, while in need of repair, is one of Glen Foerd’s rare treasures. Embedded into the central staircase, the organ could be played from the stair landing. Its size is unique for a residence and exemplifies a revolutionary turn-of-the-century design. William Edward Haskell patented a way to consolidate low-tone pipes without sacrificing sound quality, making it possible to install an organ like this one into a residential space rather than a church. The organ has fourteen sets of pipes and a mechanized auto-play system, a unique feature. Glen Foerd hopes to eventually repair the organ to its former glory.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Glen Foerd


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