Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
A Germantown Victorian mansion of the upper-middle and upper class
The simplicity of Philadelphia’s Quaker background was no match for the excess of the Victorian era. Traditionally, luxurious trappings were out of reach to all but the wealthy. However, the Industrial Revolution introduced machine-made goods and mass-production technology, making upper-class indulgences available to the middle-class. Germantown, a neighborhood that pre-dates the Revolution, flourished during the mid-19th century and was a hotbed of Victorian construction. The very wealthy established their homesteads in various suburban communities.
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion:
Today’s “less is more” design concept would never fly at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. Built in 1859 by an up-and-coming clothing merchant, the mansion is classic Victoriana. No surface is left untouched. The massive, Gothic stone mansion celebrates the traditional faux finishes, elaborate and exotic hand-painted ceilings, Rococo furnishings and landscaped gardens that defined the era. Even the kitchen is fun with the servants’ bells calling them to different rooms.
April 1 through December 12
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January 5 through April 1
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In the neighborhood
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5442 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144
- Awbury Arboretum
- Revolutionary Germantown Festival
- Juneteenth Festival
- Historic Germantown Visitor Center
- The Johnson House
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