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A Horace Trumbauer Masterpiece in Need of New Interiors

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Photos: Hunter Reed and Company

Location: Elkins Park, Pa.
Price: Under $2,000,000
The Skinny: Pheasant Run, as this turreted stone estate is known, was once part of the Ronaele estate, built by the legendary architect Horace Trumbauer for steel and tobacco heiress Eleanor Widener and her husband Fitz Eugene Dixon. The 15,000-square-foot stone and slate spread served as the carriage house and stable for the main house at Ronaele, a 60-room, 28-chimney Tudor monstrosity that no longer stands. In the 1950s, an enterprising local businessman spent seven years converting Pheasant Run into a proper home. Today, those interiors are feeling their age and are in dire need of renovation or, more likely, replacement, but the grand structure remains a testament to the quality of building and design in the period. Some Trumbauer touches were preserved, like the marble fireplaces, original moldings, and built-ins. The home also boasts old-world features like a five-room butler's apartment and catering kitchen. Elsewhere on the 2.5 acre grounds lies a two-bedroom stone guest house, formerly the gate house. Offered as a private sale, according to the listing, Pheasant Run "represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire a Trumbauer-designed property for less than $2 million."
· Pheasant Run [Hunter Reed and Company]