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Ghosts of Gershwin and Trumbauer Meet at Whitemarsh Hall

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Thanks to MidCenturyFolio's lengthy explication of the history and fate of Wyndmoor's now gone Whitemarsh Hall, we ended up watching three videos about the exterior, interior and ruins of the "American Versailles" designed by famed architect Horace Trumbauer, which was once the third-largest private home ever built in the U.S. The decision to use "Rhapsody in Blue" as the soundtrack for the videos is kind of a brilliant touch—the home was finished in 1921, and Gershwin's composition was written in 1924. Each of the creations embodies a different spirit of the times: Gershwin's "Rhapsody" celebrates the diversity of the American experience, the melting pot; Trumbauer's Whitemarsh Hall celebrates the success of one exceptional man.

· The Stotesbury Estate: Then & Now [MidCenturyFolio]