Elkins Park, Lynnewood Hall

This neoclassical stunner has a tragic connection to the sinking of the Titanic. Designed by architect Horace Trumbauer and built between 1897-1900 for industrialist and Titanic investor Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall is the largest surviving Gilded Age mansions in the Philadelphia area. Once lavishly decorated with Persian rugs, silk and velvet upholstery, and one of the finest art collections in America, Lynnewood Hall has fallen far from its glory days.

Widener passed away in 1915 following the death of one of his sons and grandsons, who died when the Titanic sank in 1912The mansion has been vacant, for the most part, since the 1950s.

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