Dundale, Dundale Lane, .1 mile West of County Line Road, Villanova, Delaware County, PA
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.1 mile West of County Line Road, Villanova, PA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS PA-6012
Building/structure dates: 1890 initial construction
Written data includes a photocopy of a location map.
Significance: Dundale is significant for several reasons: Built in 1890 in a late Victorian eclectic style, it is one of the few remaining large country houses (including a barn and other out buildings) from that era in Villanova---or anywhere in Philadelphia's famous "Main Line" suburbs, of which Villanova forms a part. Both the house and its original occupants, the Theodore Morris family, illustrate the lives of socially prominent Philadelphians who used great wealth, derived mainly from local industries, to create country estates between the end of the American Civil War and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Dundale is also significant because its designer, Addison Hutton, was among Philadelphia's most accomplished 19th century architect and probably the last of its great building designers who had no formal school in the profession of architecture. The Quaker father of both the architect, Hutton, and the Morris family add yet another significant dimension in that their Quaker culture influenced Dundale's design, as well as the tenor of life in this spacious country house.
Morris, Theodore Hollingsworth
Morris, Mary Lownes Paul.
Morris, Christopher "Christy"
Patterson, Joseph B.
Bocutti, Salvatore A., Photographer
Contosta, David R., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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