New Book Puts Spotlight Back on Radnor Estate, Family That Inspired Classic Movie

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Image of the Ardrossan estate via The New York Times.

A new book is putting the spotlight back on Ardrossan, the famous Radnor estate, and the family that inspired The Philadelphia Story, writes Steven Kurutz for The New York Times.

Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line is packed with interesting stories, architectural drawings, and beautiful old photographs.

In the early 20th century, the Main Line was home to American aristocracy who were living a version of English manor life. One of them was Robert Montgomery, who commissioned the renowned architect Horace Trumbauer to build Ardrossan for his family.


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The Montgomery family and their estate later rose to fame as the inspiration for the famous movie that earned Katharine Hepburn an Academy Award nomination. The movie added a sense of mystique to the property, and the new illustrated book tells the story of both the family and the Delaware County home in detail.

The author gleaned some of the details while enjoying cocktails with Helen Hope Montgomery Scott as a social visitor to Ardrossan in the 1990s, and his admiration for the family and the estate shines throughout.

Read more about the book in The New York Times by clicking here.

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