Tuesday, July 9, 2013

'Greystone Hall'

 'Greystone Hall', the Philip M. Sharples estate designed by Charles Barton Keen c. 1907 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Sharples created and manufactured the Sharples Tubular Cream Separator.  Click HERE for more and HERE to see 'Greystone Hall' on bing, now a catering facility.

Photos from Architectural Record, 1909.


Anonymous said...

Looking at the house on bing it's very encouraging to see that it still sits comfortably on a large acreage and the the plan doesn't seem to have been outwardly marred by any graceless postwar additions. Even the outbuildings and some of the bones of gardens remain. It is interesting how the place seems to have no immediate peers in any direction, I suppose Mr. Sharples was a man of significant means but not one very socially in demand.

The Down East Dilettante said...

West Chester had several large estates, actually, but most are gone---subdivision and industrial parks have taken their toll.

From the Bing photos, the places seems to be maintained with unusual taste and restraint for a catering venue, when one thinks of the tacky paving, parking lots, bad concrete fountains, added pavilions, and other sins against taste that so many similar have endured.

Anonymous said...

Trying to figure out if any of those very charming outbuildings survive. That's possibly the Bishop house close to the kitchen wing of the main house. Don't seem to be able to find the Wrangleby or Bond houses. Anyone else spot them anywhere?