WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

What happened to all of the wonderful things that were once associated with the Stotesburys?

Large Limestone Ionic Pilaster Capitals from the Front of Whitemarsh Hall

 

When Whitemarsh Hall was completed in 1921, its portico was supported by six large columns topped with ionic capitals.

 

Photo Source: Pennsylvania State Archives, Mattie Edwards Hewitt Collection

Just behind each of the two columns next to the front wall of the house was a pilaster set into the wall and topped by an ionic pilaster capital.

Photo Source: Pennsylvania State Archives, Mattie Edwards Hewitt Collection

When Whitemarsh Hall was torn down in 1980, the developers decided to keep the six pillars intact as a stark reminder of the great palace that once existed there. Large numbers of carvings, balustrades, urns and other limestone artifacts (including the two pilaster capitals) were strewn about the grounds for several months before they finally were collected and diverted to salvage companies or similar enterprises.

Photo Source: the late John H. Deming, Jr.

 

 

Fortunately, an astute collector rescued these pilaster capitals from near-oblivion and has saved them from eventual damage from the elements.

Photo Source: Private Collection

 

 

Each pilaster capital measures 59 inches wide, 24.5 inches high at the volutes, and 20.5 inches deep.

Photo Source: Private Collection

 

The pilaster capitals are made of Indiana limestone (as was the rest of the exterior of Whitemarsh Hall), and each one weighs approximately 1,350 pounds. The dollar bill is placed there to indicate the grand scale of these artifacts.

Photo Source: Private Collection

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