Chamounix (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Coordinates: 40°0′13.6″N 75°11′46.6″W / 40.003778°N 75.196278°W / 40.003778; -75.196278
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Chamounix, June 2010
Chamounix (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is located in Philadelphia
Chamounix (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Chamounix (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Chamounix (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Chamounix (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is located in the United States
Chamounix (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
LocationWest Fairmount Park on Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°0′13.6″N 75°11′46.6″W / 40.003778°N 75.196278°W / 40.003778; -75.196278
AreaLess than one acre
Built1802; 221 years ago (1802)[2]
Architectural styleFederal[2]
NRHP reference No.72001146[1]
Added to NRHPApril 26, 1972

Chamounix is a historic home located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Federal-style house was built in 1802 by George Plumsted who was a wealthy Philadelphia merchant, then enlarged to nearly double its original size by subsequent owners after 1853.[2] Chamounix is a 2½-story stuccoed stone dwelling measuring 45 feet (14 m) long and 47 feet (14 m) deep, featuring a hipped roof with dormers and a porch on three sides with decorative iron supports. The house served as a country retreat until it was appropriated by the state via eminent domain in 1869 to become a part of Fairmount Park, from which time it was used in various ways including as a boarding house, a restaurant, and a refreshment stand. After years of neglect and then fire damage, the Fairmount Park Commission decided to demolish Chamounix; however, a committee of the former American Youth Hostels (AYH, now HI USA) successfully petitioned to save it and, since 1964, it has served as an international youth hostel.[3]

Chamounix was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "A brief history of Chamounix Mansion". Archived from the original on 2017-10-09. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania". CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2012-07-18. Note: This includes Pennsylvania Register of Historic Sites and Landmarks (August 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Chamounix" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-18.

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