United States of America, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Elkins Park
Chelten House (Elkins Park, Pennsylvania)
Chelten House is part of the 42-acre Elkins Estate which includes Elstowe Manor, the home of William L. Elkins. Chelten House was commissioned by Elkins for his son George W. Elkins; it was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer. Now serving as a Roman Catholic retreat center, the property is surrounded by rolling lawns, flowering trees, and shrubs. There are lakes, outdoor stations of the cross, and various religious shrines. A greenhouse provides flowers and exotic plants throughout the year.
Persons associated with the property include: George W. Elkins (former owner, 1896-?); and Constantine Stephano (former owner, before 1949).
The folders include worksheets and photocopies of articles and photographs relating to the property and its owners.
Garden has been featured in Louise Carter Bush-Brown and James Bush-Brown, Portraits of Philadelphia Gardens (Philadelphia: Dorrance and Company, 1929), pp. 82-87
Garden has been featured in American Country Houses of Today (New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company, 1913), pp. 63-64
Garden has been featured in James Boyd, A History of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (Philadelphia: Printed for the Society, 1929), pp. 465-467