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425 Conshohocken State Rd

Date of Construction: 1857
Original Architect:
Original Owner: John Robruau
Description of the Resource: This elegant 2 ½ story home is believed to have been built in 1857 for owner, John Robruau. With a small 1935 addition on the northeast corner, the building now has an L-shaped plan. The stone-and-stucco house is largely of a Georgian style, and has been embellished with elements of various styles, resulting in a house that exemplifies the architectural tastes of the wealthy owners. The main façade is symmetrical and features a one-story gabled entry porch supported by two simple columns. The double doors are surmounted by transom lights and the first-story windows are 4/4/4 and as large as the door opening. The second story windows are smaller, and there are three Classical-style pedimented dormer windows with pilasters on the side-gabled roof. Two chimneys rise from the ends of the building and a large, bracketed cornice extends the width of the front façade. A small open arcade connects the house to the detached, two-bay garage, built in the 1940s. In 1873, the house was sold to W.C. Vaughau, who installed two elaborate moldings of eagles, designed to commemorate the Centennial, which are extant still today. The house and the surrounding 24 acres were sold to Richard Hamilton in the 1880s, and he held the property until the 1930s, when it was bought by Mabel McIlvaine. The property was subdivided and developed in the 1940s, and the house today sits on a one-ace lot near the center of Gladwyne. (8/2012) Knight Residence. 5 bay stucco Italianate house reportedly built in 1857 by John Robruau. (85)
Class: 2
Street Classification: Secondary
Name of Local Historic District: Not in a local district
Name of National Historic District: Not applicable
Reviewed By: Historical Commission
Inventory Index Number: GL087

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