Linden Hill

Linden Hill

Monk Road, Gladwyne

This home, dubbed Dolobran by the Griscom family that resided there, is not one home, but seemingly an entire village of complementary buildings resembling a miniature Norman village, complete with village buildings, courtyards, an alee of trees, plantings, greenhouse, and more. Built in 1929 by Philadelphia architect Edmund Gilchrist, the main estate house is comprised of a central hall flanked by a pair of wings that houses the bedrooms. This luxuriant French Norman style of architecture represents, along with the Pennsylvania farmhouse style, perhaps the epitome of the Main Line architecture of this period, one highly influenced by World War I. American architects, serving as soldiers, returned from Europe with memories of French architecture and attempted to recreate these styles in America. In the 1950s, the property was sold to Campbell Soup chairman John Dorrance, who owned it through the 1980s. Recent owners have re-named it Linden Hill after the remarkable English trees in the front courtyard.