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Gorgeous Gladwyne home blends old and new, asks $3.98M

The Fernside Cottage is 182 years old

This Gladwyne home dates back to 1835 and has returned to the market.
Photos by Jim Albert for Kurfiss

A gorgeous stone home in Gladwyne that hides away on nearly five acres has returned to the market with a fresh price cut, but it’s still as beautiful as ever. Although it dates back to 1835, the home has undergone numerous renovations and additions over its long history, blending the old with the new.

The Fernside Cottage, so it’s called, has gone through a whole lot over the course of its 182-year history. Its humble beginnings start in 1835, when it was built as a mill worker’s house. In 1910, a psychologist named Dr. DeWitt Ludlum turned it into his personal residence, while buying up the surrounding mill town to turn into his own sanitarium.

By 1964, the property fell into the hands of none other than John Dorrance of the esteemed Campbell Soup Company. From there, the Fernside Cottage became part of Dorrance’s estate, which also includes the incredible Linden Hall.

Today, the sellers have made numerous changes to the property to bring it into modern times. Vancouver-based architect Daniel Evan White led the design, which includes a glassy, modern addition to the property. The addition really takes advantage of the property’s natural surroundings: Both the bedrooms and the bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows—note the one showerhead that’s shaped like a piece of grass.

In total, the four-bedroom, four-and-one-half bath home clocks in at 6,500 square feet. It originally listed in June 2015 for $4.495 million and is now on the market for $3,898,000.