A Brief Description of Phil-Ellena, the Country Seat of George W. Carpenter at Germantown, Philadelphia County, Penn.
Description of the Greek Revival mansion—one of the largest in America, “Phil-Ellena,” designed by Philadelphia carpenter-architect William L. Johnston (1811-1849) for scientist and druggist George Washington Carpenter (1802–1860). The pamphlet is illustrated with a engraved double frontispiece showing the front elevation of “Phil-Ellena,” drawn by Johnston, and the ground floor plan of the mansion house located in Germantown near Philadelphia. The text describes the house’s decorative elements including its Greek Revival details such as the classical friezes in the library. With a “List of Artists, Mechanics, etc. Who Contracted for Various Parts of the Work,” including chief builder Nathan Smedley, and a list of those who carried out the actual work.
Description: A Brief Description of Phil-Ellena, the Country Seat of George W. Carpenter at Germantown, Philadelphia County, Penn.
Philadelphia: Printed by Barrington and Haswell, 1844. Double frontispiece, 36pp. 6½ x 4 inches. Removed; dbd., without original wrappers. Foxing to frontispiece and title leaf; Very Good.
Ref. Johnston, William L. (1811 - 1849)—Philadelphia Architects and Buildings accessed online: “...Johnston’s fame principally rests on the design of the Jayne Building (1847—1851) -— an eight-story, granite proto-skyscraper.”