Thomas Mansion is unique in character, combining eclectic Victorian architectural detail with the traditional building materials of the area. The mansion, situated in Clifford Park, was constructed in 1869 and boasts an almost impossibly cantilevered roof, decoratively carved verge boards, and a series of animal head gargoyles adorning the structure of the entrance hood. Intact decorative details continue throughout the building, including wood graining, polychrome wainscoting, and decorative painting.
The mansion was surrounded with magnificent gardens; at its peak, Clifford Park was one of the city’s most beautifully landscaped and significant properties. Upon Thomas’ death in 1907, art from the Clifford Park estate was donated to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts while the mansion and gardens were bequeathed to Fairmount Park. Thomas Mansion is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Preferred uses for the mansion and grounds are office, institutional or possibly a bed and breakfast. You and your staff members can enjoy all the benefits of a lush park setting and fantastic Victorian detailed interiors with close proximity to downtown Philadelphia. Contact the Trust today to discuss your proposal for Thomas Mansion.
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