The Willow Bank mansion, first constructed in 1880 for Joseph Coleman Bright and his family, is one of the last remaining great Main Line estates, boasting not only rich history but also modern amenities. Although nearing 10,000 square feet of interior space, Willow Bank’s rooms are spacious and comfortable. The fifteen original bedrooms have been converted into eight graciously proportioned suites, adorned with leaded glass windows and period moldings.
Brazilian walnut paneling and original built-in bookcases cloak the walls of the generous living room, while in the dining room, original tiles by the prestigious 19th-century potter Henry Mercer surround the impressive solid-beam mantel. Perhaps most impressive are the house’s new features: a 1,000 square foot eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry, a wood-burning pizza oven, Viking range, SubZero refrigerator and freezer, heated floors, and adjoining family room; a master suite with an opulent marble bath featuring heated floors, jetted two-person bath, and a double vanity. The home has six wood-burning fireplaces. The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. even archives original photographs of the home, given the estate’s important historic value. This is an architectural treasure not to miss. Several of the bedrooms have been converted with new program—art studio, office; however, the house can sleep 13 people comfortably.