Last weekend, several members of the Historic House Group and I went to Philadelphia. We spent most of the time at Stenton, but also found a spare few hours to visit Cliveden, home of the Chew family for more than 200 years.The house was the site of the Battle of Germantown in the American Revolution, and 125 British soldiers barricaded themselves in the house while the Americans shot at them. You can still see the marks in the walls.
Unfortunately, the house is undergoing some major renovations, so we were only able to see the ground floor. It was late in the afternoon when we arrived, and the house is dimly lit, so the photographs I took are not brilliant – or bright!
The woodwork in the house is just stunning and it is so classical in its styling. The broken pediments over the two rooms off the main hallway were just gorgeous. Here, you can see where the new wing of the house was added. They’ve taken a window and made a door from it. But when the door is closed, it still blends in with the original woodwork. While I loved the inside of the house, it was several of the views of the outside of the house that had me captivated. I loved this little outbuilding and can imagine I’d be quite happy in a house of this size and style. Unfortunately, I don’t think I am likely to find one in my current house-hunt.As we rounded a corner, I was delighted to find this little Palladian window and shutters in a corresponding shape. The shutter dogs on the windows may be close to original. It’s so pleasing to see even the smallest detail with a great aesthetic.I love the sturdiness of these columns in the back of the house. The detailing is spectacular. All in all, it was a wonderful day with some great new friends. For more pictures, check out JCB and Architect Design’s posts on our trip.