Completed in 1917, 8745-65 Montgomery Avenue, better known by the name Ropsley, a Neo-Norman, Philadelphia regional, architecturally significant home designed by the firm of Mellor, Meigs, & Howe, a firm of which Edith Wharton could laud—it is a home of measured sensibilities and quiet luxury. The men who designed this home, Walter Mellor, Arthur Meigs, and George Howe, who graduated from schools such as Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the École des Beaux-Arts respectively, and it is due to these credentials and their own developed eye for the distillation of European originals into appropriate, inspired, and “correct” homes that were tailored to their site and owner—to a world designed to capture and keep wealth and beauty.
Accessible via a long, graveled drive, Ropsley is first approached by descending down into a sunken entry garden, an intimate intermediary space between the massive auto court and the equally imposing entry hall. This sunken space both grounds and overwhelms you as it simultaneously cradles you and imposes upon you—you are in the bosom of an artwork.
Once inside this architectural masterpiece, you are greeted by wide, beamed living hall tiled in terra cotta hexagons. This regal space branches out into the suite of reception rooms: the dining room and library, creating the old money home trifecta. While the dining room and library are attractive, what if they more closely mirrored the style, elegance, and stature of the design found in the living hall? What if the interiors of this home were as expansive and connected as the exterior gardens and fields?
The gardens of Ropsley are a sight unto themselves; masterfully planed enfilades, parterres, and pleached fruit trees abound, welcoming you deeper into the space, drawing you further into its luxuriant ways with its delightful, chlorophyll-enabled whiles.
Ropsley includes 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms within 9,232 square feet of living space on a 4 acre lot. The home is currently listed by Michael Sivel of BHHS, Fox & Roach, located in Chestnut Hill, for $3,750,000. Ropsley has been on the market for over 500 days.
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