Glen Foerd on the Delaware

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Glen Foerd at Torresdale
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Glen Foerd on the Delaware is located in Philadelphia
Glen Foerd on the Delaware
Glen Foerd on the Delaware is located in Pennsylvania
Glen Foerd on the Delaware
Glen Foerd on the Delaware is located in the US
Glen Foerd on the Delaware
Location 5001 Grant Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°03′06″N 74°58′44″W / 40.05167°N 74.97889°W / 40.05167; -74.97889Coordinates: 40°03′06″N 74°58′44″W / 40.05167°N 74.97889°W / 40.05167; -74.97889
Area 17.8 acres (7.2 ha)
Built 1850
Architect McAuley & Co.
NRHP reference # 79002320[1]
Added to NRHP November 20, 1979

Glen Foerd on the Delaware is a historic mansion and estate located in the Torresdale neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, overlooking the Delaware River.

The mansion, then named Glengarry, was built as a summer home about 1850 in the Italianate style by Charles Macalester, Jr., a prosperous businessman and banker. Mr. Macalester became the trusted adviser of the eminent philanthropist George Peabody, and afterwards a trustee of his magnificent bequest to the cause of education in the Southern States. George Peabody was widely regarded as the "father of modern philanthropy." Mr. Macalester held close personal relations with Presidents Jackson, Van Buren, Polk, Pierce, Buchanan, and Lincoln. From President Jackson he received the appointment as one of the government directors of the second Bank of the United States, and was serving in such capacity when the charter of the bank expired (source needed).

In 1893, it was purchased by Robert H. Foerderer, a U.S. Congressman and industrialist, who gave it its present name. He enlarged the house in 1903 in the Edwardian Classical Revival style. In 1971, the estate was given to the Lutheran Church in America. In 1985, Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation and the Fairmount Park Commission assumed ownership of the property.

Today the estate is operated as a historic house museum, whose grounds are a public park.[2]

Glen Foerd on the Delaware was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Mansions along the Delaware". Pennsbury Manor. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 

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