Graeme Park

Keith Valley Rd., Horsham, Pennsylvania

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Graeme Park

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Description 

The mansion house at Graeme Park-a rare surviving example of early colonial American architecture-was conceived of as a utilitarian structure on a Governor's plantation, the structure became the Georgian-styled centerpiece of a country retreat and backdrop for an intellectual salon that largely concentrated on the development of genteel republican ideologies. Graeme Park, originally called Fountain Low, rose on an improved portion of Lieutenant Governor Sir William Keith's 1,735 acre Pennsylvania plantation. The three-story structure was built in 1722 probably envisioned as a malt-house for the production of alcohol. In 1739, the plantation was purchased by Dr. Thomas Graeme, the son-in-law of Keith, and renovated during his ownership into a high-style Georgian summer dwelling for himself and his family, which in the mid-1760s became their year-round residence... -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS PA-579)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000672
Architectural style
Georgian
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Restaurant; Secondary structure
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1700-1749
Significant years
1721; 1722; 1739
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 2