Mount Pleasant is the most important of a number of distinctive homes in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Its somewhat pretentious character recalls the atmosphere of wealth and station enjoyed by the men who helped to make Philadelphia the leading city of the Colonies. Built in the Georgian style, emphasizing balance and symmetry, the includes a pair of pavilions that flank the main house. Carved woodwork interiors are among the finest surviving examples of Philadelphia architectural carving.Mt. Pleasant was purchased by the city of Philadelphia in 1869. Later, Park Commissioners created a Dairy here which provided fresh milk and ice cream to city children. The building was restored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1962.