Loch Aerie, AKA Glen-Loch, AKA Lockwood Mansion was built in 1865 by William E. Lockwood, esq., a Philadelphia businessman, in Chester County Pennsylvania. It was designed by famed architect Addison Hutton with landscape design by Charles Miller, the Fairmount Park landscape designer. The design is described in the 1958 Historic American Buildings Survey as being of Italianate Design with Victorian Gothic details.
At the time, it was one of the largest estates in all of Pennsylvania and was comprised of 684 acres. It was so large that it had 4 railroad stations on the property.
The Pennsylvania blue marble and blue limestone was quarried directly on the estate. Water to the home traveled from a distant spring 2600 feet away and was capable of supplying 12,400 gallons in a 24 hour period.
By 1877, the home had a telephone so that Mr. Lockwood could call for assistance in case any “burglers or tramps” were on his property. He was so concerned about safety that the all the doors and windows were wired with a burglar alarm.
Lockwood wanted to become a “Country Farmer” and built the home 25 miles from the city of Philadelphia, where his business, W. E. & E. Dunbar Lockwood, manufacturers of patent folding boxes, envelopes, tags, etc., was located.
After 20 years of driving by this old home, I finally got my chance at a tour which you can view in the video below. Stay tuned for the video tour of the basement in the weeks ahead.
You can watch the tour via the video below or watch in the recommended method – full-screen high-definition by clicking here and once there, click on the four arrows in the lower right to expand to full screen.
Once you have viewed the tour, don’t forget to view the HABS documentation on Loch Aerie below and visit here if you would like to receive email updates when new tours are added to the site.
For more information, take a look at the Historic American Buildings survey on the home performed in 1958: