Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Radnor sets meeting to review Ardrossan plans

The front of the main house on the Adrossan estate in Radnor Township. The fairytale estate of the fabled Main Line family that inspired "The Philadelphia Story" is up for sale. Ardrossan, in Radnor Township, has housed the (banking, farming) Montgomerys and the (Pennsy Railroading) Scotts and their issue for nearly 100 years. While prize-winning cattle roamed the farm, Hope Montgomery Scott turned the 45-room manor house into the whirling hub of high society. (Michael Perez/Inquirer)
The front of the main house on the Adrossan estate in Radnor Township. The fairytale estate of the fabled Main Line family that inspired "The Philadelphia Story" is up for sale. Ardrossan, in Radnor Township, has housed the (banking, farming) Montgomerys and the (Pennsy Railroading) Scotts and their issue for nearly 100 years. While prize-winning cattle roamed the farm, Hope Montgomery Scott turned the 45-room manor house into the whirling hub of high society. (Michael Perez/Inquirer)

DELAWARE COUNTY

Meeting set on plan for Ardrossan

RADNOR Radnor Township announced it will hold a special public meeting on Tuesday to review plans for the Ardrossan Estate.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 301 Iven Ave. Officials will review proposed subdivision plans for the property, at the corner of Newtown and Darby Paoli Roads.

The heirs to the estate have proposed selling 16 1.25-acre lots at a cost of $1.5 million each.

Last year, Radnor bought 72 acres of the property, originally owned by Hope Montgomery Scott, for $11.6 million to be preserved as open space.

The 50-room Georgian mansion designed by Horace Trumbauer, which is still in use, inspired the classic movie The Philadelphia Story staring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart.

- Mari A. Schaefer

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