Quite by accident, I stumbled upon an incredible piece of American architecture called Whitemarsh Hall.
Commissioned by one of the wealthiest Americans at the turn of the twentieth century, Edward Stotesbury.
The estate was known as the ‘American Versailles,’ for its lavish gardens and grandness.
In 1900, Stotesbury’s estimated worth was 100 million dollars.
At the age of 63, in 1912, married his second wife.
At his death in 1938, his estimated worth was 4 million dollars.
This is 1900 to 1938 dollars.
- Cost to build: 3 – 5 million dollars.
- Cost to furnish: 5 – 7 million dollars.
- Built 1916 -1921, the mansion stood on 300 acres.
- There were 6 stories, 45 bathrooms, 147 rooms.
- It cost over one million dollars annually to run the house.
In 1943, the widowed, Mrs. Stotesbury abandoned the estate because it had become too expensive to maintain.
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