Our 2012 trip really began with the houses in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. This was a "Villa District", where prominent citizens built summer homes away from the seasonal discomfort of the city. Some houses in the park are open to visitors, and some are preserved/maintained through use by local organizations. It can be a feat to find a time when a number of them are open, as their schedules vary, and at least some are closed for maintenance. We had a good run this holiday season, visiting Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Woodford and Laurel Hill.
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|Mount Pleasant looks deceptively small in this photo. A property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it contains some wonderful Philadelphia furnishings.|
|The twin dependencies at Mount Pleasant express its symmetry, and make the house even more distinguished.|
|Lemon Hill is very visible from the Art Museum area; the bowed facade is due to oval shape drawing rooms.|
|Laurel Hill is much enlarged from its original form, and is often used for musical events.|
|Ormiston is used by a medical society, and is not open as a museum.|
|Rockland is used by a historical society, and was not open for tours.|