Join us for an afternoon tour and social at Ardrossan, one of the grandest estates of the old Main Line. Experience the house and its history with special guest speakers. Stroll the entire first floor and terraces of the home from one end to the other, and all the spaces inbetween as you enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres and a wine bar.
4:40pm: Janny Scott
In The Beneficiary, Janny Scott offers an intimate look at life inside Ardrossan. The revealing new memoir from the daughter of Robert Montgomery Scott delves into the complicated personalities of her iconic Main Line Family.
5:20pm: David Wren
David Nelson Wren is an independent scholar who focuses mainly on history and art. He is the author of the best-selling book, Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line.
6:00pm: Barbara Eberlein
With an influential voice in today’s dynamic design community, Barbara Eberlein has built a national reputation for expertise in the restoration of significant historic structures of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
Both The Beneficiary and Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line will be available for purchase.
Commissioned in 1911 by Robert Montgomery, a wealthy Philadelphia stockbroker, Ardrossan was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer, who chose 300 acres of rolling pasture in an enclave northwest of the city, called the Main Line, as the site for the estate. The 50-room, 33,000-square-foot Georgian Revival manor home has interior decorations by White, Allom & Co. (who also worked on Buckingham Palace), and houses works of art by Augustus John, Sir John Lavery, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, John Singleton Copley, and Charles Willson Peale. Members of the Montgomery extended family have lived at Ardrossan from 1912 right up to the present day—Joan Mackie, granddaughter of Robert and Charlotte Montgomery, still lives on the property, as does her cousin Mary Remer.
Though the old Main Line has all but disappeared, Ardrossan stands. According to historian David Nelson Wren, “It’s the best-preserved of the great Main Line ancestral manses. It’s been beautifully maintained. The furniture is exactly where Charlotte Hope Montgomery left it when she died in 1970. And it’s certainly the only old Main Line mansion with family still living there.”