The Dolobran Estate 231 Laurel Lane, Haverford, PA
The Dolobran Estate was designed by architect Frank Furness, the most important architect the Philadelphia region has ever produced. Furness began designing this home in 1881, & then re-modified the home over a 14-year period until 1895. Recent renovations are respectful of Furness’ vision. Built for shipbuilder Clement A. Griscom, president of the American Steamship Co. and Red Star line, owner of the Titanic, it was laid out in a symmetrical Victorian Gothic revival style. The house includes Furness’s trademark ornate brick chimneys, elaborate millwork & fireplaces and wildly original roof and window treatments. Of special note is this home’s ballroom, measuring some 40 feet by 50 feet. Currently the home comprises nearly 17,000 square feet, and embraces 1.94 breathtaking acres in north-side Haverford. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is among the most important residences on Philadelphia’s Main Line.