Book Talk: Free and Open to the Public

Philadelphia Mansions

Philadephia MansionsCome hear the stories behind some of Philadelphia’s finest and most fabled estates, including many with fascinating Catholic connections. Learn about historic Strawberry Mansion’s rise and fall and the sad life of architect Thomas Nevell.  Hear about Elstowe Manor in Elkins Park, built for William L. Elkins, but later sold to a community of Dominican nuns. Explore the world of Mother and Father Divine in their Woodmont estate in Gladwyne, which has statues of saints display prominently in its many rooms.  Join us for this tour through time. 

About the Speaker

NicklesThom Nickels, a Philadelphia author, poet, and journalist, has written twelve books and his poetry has been published in various collections.  He is the City Beat editor at ICON magazine and contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, and other publications. He received the Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism in 2005. He was also the featured speaker at Walt Whitman’s 189th birthday celebration at the poet’s historic home in 2017. 

Event Details

Tuesday, October 2
7:00 pm House opens | Reception to follow

The Society’s House
263 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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