The Du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in the Brandywine
A new book by Maggie Lidz shows not only the fabulous homes the family built, but also how they lived. These excerpts are but a hint.
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Pelleport, ca. 1900
1881, Residence of Louisa Gerhard du Pont
and Evelina du Pont
PELLEPORT was designed in 1881 as a fashionably moody and baronial residence.… But the big, gray, stone pile lost its charm quickly. The ponderous architectural style combined with the unhappy histories of its successive occupants turned Pelleport into a doleful ruin long before it was torn down in 1954.… The house, complete with a stable and two tenant houses, was therefore available when William’s mother, Louisa, needed a new home. She and her unmarried daughter, Evelina, were without a residence after an 1890 explosion severely damaged their own home, Eleutherian Mills. They stuffed Pelleport with all the heirlooms they could salvage and lived among a congestion of family portraits, Orientalia, and plush draperies until Louisa’s death in March 1900.
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