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Strawberry Mansion
2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr., East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19130 GET DIRECTIONS
Local: 215-228-8364
The mansion was built in 1789 as a summer home by William Lewis, one of the most accomplished and well-known lawyers of his generation. Joseph Hemphill purchased Summerville in 1821 and during the next decade extensively altered the house. He added the two Greek Revival wings, painted the house a light pink and named it Strawberry Mansion. In 1844, the mansion and grounds were purchased by George Crock and used as a dairy farm, until the city purchased it for Fairmount Park in 1867. From 1867 until 1930, the Fairmount Park Commission leased the mansion for use as a restaurant. Then in 1930, the Fairmount Park Commission turned the building over to the Committee of 1926 of Pennsylvania, a group of civic-minded women. The ladies renovated the mansion and opened it to the public in March 1931. They continue to administer it for the Fairmount Park Commission as a showplace of Federal and Neo-Classical styles with a third floor of antique dolls and toys from 50 states.
Discounts Offered: Senior Citizen Discount, Student Discount
Facility Amenities: Guided Tours
General Information: Dates Closed: Mid-Dec. - July 1st, Hours: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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