Andalusia

Also known as: Nicholas Biddle Estate, Pen Ryn
1.4 mi. N of Philadelphia on PA 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Andalusia

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Description 

The house is the work of Thomas U. Walter, architect of the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C. He enlarged a smaller and earlier house to create this Greek Revival masterpiece. The house is one of the finest examples of the temple-form in the country, and is one of the few country seats left which still has its outbuildings. The architect's client and the owner of the house was Nicholas Bidddle, the president of the Second Bank of the United States. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS PA-1248)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1966
Reference number
66000649
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Regency
Areas of significance
Commerce; Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current function
Restaurant
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant years
1839; 1844
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing sites: 2

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